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Bulldogs race past Gauchos
Ceres High Schools varsity football program recognized its senior players, including Blake Tobler, prior to kickoff versus El Capitan Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Senior quarterback Brad Bussard had his least productive game as a member of Ceres High School's varsity football team last week.

The rain had an impact on the play calling as Bussard completed 3 of 9 passes for 32 yards.

The Bulldogs relied heavily on their rushing attack during Friday's 48-6 pasting of El Capitan's first-year program on Senior Night at Ceres High.

"It was horrible conditions to throw in," Bussard said. "The ball was so slippery. It was difficult to hold. It was still an enjoyable experience to go through. We haven't been running the ball well until today. Our offensive line made great blocks all night long."

Ceres High improved to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

El Capitan dropped to 0-9 and 0-5.

The Bulldogs rushed for a season-high 543 yards and seven touchdowns on 43 carries.

Johnni Smith-Willis ran for 182 yards and three scores on 18 carries.

Brent Bussard gained 116 yards and scored one TD on eight carries.

Seth Gibson carried the ball four times for 103 yards and one touchdown.

Danny Arias and Aaron Black both had one rushing TD.

"Our offensive line pretty much did everything for us," Brad Bussard said.

El Capitan went ahead 6-0 when it returned a fumble for a touchdown in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs outscored the Gauchos 48-0 the rest of the way.

Ceres High's Blake Tobler collected six tackles and recovered one fumble during the game.

Adrian Torres had four tackles and one fumble recovery.

Chris Flores registered a team-high nine tackles.

"Our defense pitched a shutout," Brad Bussard said. "We executed on offense."