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Bulldogs struggle
Ceres High varsity football team loses to Downey again, drops to 0-3 in preseason
Brent Bussard (top) and Ceres High Schools varsity football team lost 64-21 to visiting Downey in non-conference play last week. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-3 on the year. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity football head coach Bret Durossette's postgame speech was brief and direct following Friday night's 64-21 loss to Downey at Bulldog Stadium.

"Obviously, this is not what we wanted to see," he said. "Get ready for next week. We got another game. The most important game is Johansen. We got to have everybody at practice and we got to be focused. Regardless of what happened tonight, it's over. We got to get back on the ship and go in the direction we want to go and that's to get a victory against Johansen."

The Bulldogs dropped to 0-3 on the year.

The Knights improved to 2-1 in non-conference play.

Coach Durossette benched more than a half-dozen players for the opening five minutes of the non-league contest.
"I sat eight or nine kids for showing up late," he said. "They were told to be here at a certain time. That's not the reason we lost the game. Those kids got into the game and struggled like everyone else. Downey was better than us."

Downey continued its dominance versus Ceres High.
The Bulldogs have compiled an 0-7 record against the Knights since 2007.

Ceres High beat Downey in 2006, 2005 and 2004.

"I don't think they can stop us," Durossette said leading up to the 2013 showdown. "We're going to shock the world."

Ceres High finished with four turnovers, three touchdowns and 287 yards of total offense.

The Bulldogs averaged 437 yards passing and 35.5 points per game prior to facing the Knights.

Bulldog quarterback Brad Bussard completed 19 of 37 passes for 193 yards with one touchdown and three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble). He scored on an 8-yard run.

Bussard had 851 passing yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions through Ceres High's first two games.

Backup quarterback Jimmy Bates threw a 17-yard TD pass to Daniel Raya. Bates ran for 23 yards on six attempts.

Dylan Canatsy hauled in nine passes for 110 yards and one touchdown (25 yards).

Danny Arias rushed for 49 yards on four carries.

"He (Bussard) made a few bad reads," Durossette said. "We dropped several balls. Defensively, it's the same story. We got to get better. We got to start executing. There's nowhere to go but up."

Ceres High and Downey used a running clock in the second half for the third year in a row. The Knights have outscored the Bulldogs 179-7 in the opening halves of their last three meetings.

"It sucks losing this bad in front of this many fans and family members," Canatsy said. "Everyone was excited to come watch us. We expected it to be a lot more competitive."

Bussard's final pass attempt-a 25-yard TD strike to Canatsy-came with 9:55 to play in the fourth quarter.

Brad excited his coaches and teammates with a physical run earlier in the game.

Unable to find an open receiver, Bussard rolled to his right with Knights defender Nicholas Nickelsen in pursuit and raced upfield near the Ceres High sideline. As the play unfolded Bulldogs coaches yelled, "Get out of bounds!" Bussard didn't listen and proceeded to run over Downey's Jakob Magana.

Ceres High will play host to Johansen (0-3) this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs and Vikings will be vying for their first win of the season.

"Every loss hits me," Canatsy added. "It's my senior year. I want to turn things around. It's going to take discipline and being a team more."