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Bulldogs upset bid falls short versus Wolves
Ceres High squanders 21-7 halftime lead
Ricky Valezuela and Ceres High will face Patterson this Friday at Bulldog Stadium. The homecoming contest will get underway at 7 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity football team seized the momentum in the first half versus Livingston.

Ahead 21-7, the Bulldogs fell short in their bid for an upset.

The Wolves thrilled their homecoming fans by rallying for a 26-21 win against visiting Ceres High Friday night.

"It's a heartbreaker," Bulldogs senior quarterback Brad Bussard said. "It's a game we should have won and we blew it. We didn't execute as well as we needed to."

Ceres High dropped to 1-5 on the year and 0-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Wolves improved to 5-1 and 2-0.

"We're in every game at half," Brad said. "We always find a way to lose. It's been a tough year. It's very frustrating."

Brad Bussard tossed TD passes to Juan Anderson, Brent Bussard and Conner Johnson as the Bulldogs built a 21-7 lead in the opening half.

"We weren't surprised at all," Brad said. "We went into the game expecting to win. We were confident. We executed offensively and defensively in the first half. We thought the game was won. Obviously, it wasn't. We didn't perform like we should have in the second half."

Livingston outscored Ceres High 19-0 after intermission.

"They really didn't change anything," Brad said. "We played a little looser and not as hard. They wanted it more than us."

Brad Bussard completed 13 of 31 passes for 208 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also added 45 yards on the ground.

Johnson caught three passes for 58 yards and one touchdown.

Brent Bussard totaled 30 yards and one score on two receptions.

Anderson contributed 15 yards and one TD on two catches.

Marcellus Boykins hauled in six passes for 105 yards.

Johnni Smith-Willis gained 65 yards on 20 carries.

Caleb McDade racked up a team-high 16 tackles.

Adrian Torres collected 10 tackles and one sack.

Daniel Raya totaled seven tackles and one pass deflection.

Armani Rivera tallied four tackles and one sack.

Boykins had two tackles and one interception.

Ceres High's defensive unit limited Livingston to just 262 yards of total offense, including 76 rushing on 36 attempts.

The Bulldogs will play host to Patterson (4-1, 1-0) this Friday.

The homecoming contest will get underway at 7 p.m.

"It's going to be a very tough matchup for us," Brad Bussard said. "They're really athletic and big up front. They're very talented. They got it all going. It would be a huge upset if we won."