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Bulldogs lose 59-6 to Panthers
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Elias Saldana - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High’s varsity football team headed to Pacheco with one goal in mind.

The Bulldogs wanted to spoil the Panthers’ Homecoming.

Down by just eight points, Ceres High allowed six straight touchdowns on its way to losing 59-6 to Pacheco Friday night.

“We came into the game with a positive attitude,” Bulldogs’ junior lineman Elias Saldana said. “It would have made our season if we beat Pacheco on their Homecoming. We surprised them when we were one touchdown behind.”

The fourth-place Bulldogs dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

The first-place Panthers improved to 6-1 and 4-0.

Ceres High managed to score just one touchdown for the second straight week.

“Even though we don’t have a great record, I’m still having fun playing football with my friends. We still have a chance to win.”
Bulldogs’ junior lineman Elias Saldana

“Even though we don’t have a great record, I’m still having fun playing football with my friends,” Saldana said. “We still have a chance to win.”

Running back Felipe Martinez accounted for Ceres High’s lone TD last Friday.

Martinez bowled his way into the end zone from 1 yard out.

Quarterback Isaac Vizcaino and receiver Fernando Sosa set up the score when they combined for a 68-yard play.

Pacheco rolled up 411 yards of offense against Ceres High.

The Panthers amassed 289 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

“They have a lot of fast, athletic runners on their team,” Saldana said.

The Bulldogs allowed 30 points in the first quarter and trailed 44-6 at the break.

Martinez’s touchdown cut the deficit to 14-6.

The Panthers dominated the rest of the first half and never looked back.

“We did not give up,” Saldana said. “We kept fighting.”

Pacheco treated its Homecoming fans to a fireworks show during intermission.

 “They shut off the lights,” Saldana said. “It was dark and loud. That was a little disruptive.”

“Being picked as a home team’s Homecoming game, it’s not unexpected,” Elias added. “We wanted to prove them wrong. It motivated us. When we first scored, I thought it would continue.”

The Bulldogs have three games remaining on their schedule.

Ceres High will play host to second-place Los Banos (4-3, 3-1) this Friday.

Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

“We need to work harder and try to win these next three games,” Saldana said.