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Ceres High, CV football programs co-host jamboree
Head coaches Durossette, Edwards praise their respective teams
Andrew Gibson and Ceres Highs varsity football team competed against Central Valley, West and Enochs at Bulldog Stadium on Saturday. - photo by Courier file photo

Hundreds of local prep football fans flocked to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday to watch the Ceres-Central Valley Jamboree.

Ceres High's and Central Valley's varsity programs co-hosted the six-team scrimmage.

Enochs, West, Hughson and Sonora rounded out the field.

Head coaches Bret Durossette (Bulldogs) and Scott Edwards (Hawks) both gave their respective teams an overall grade of B-plus.

"As a staff, we're pretty satisfied with our day," Edwards said. "The things that we can improve on are minor. We didn't have any huge blunders."

Added Durossette: "We had a terrific showing."

Ceres High also competed against Enochs and West.

Central Valley's two other opponents were Hughson and Sonora.

"We got to scrimmage the three best teams that were there," Edwards said. "The guys did a good job of competing."

"Comparing us to other teams, we can have a competitive season," Durossette said. "We don't have a lot of numbers. Hopefully, we stay healthy."

Bulldog running backs Andrew Gibson and Felipe Martinez led the way on offense this past weekend.

"We ran the ball more times than we threw it," Durossette said. "Our line did a really good job of blocking."

Sophomore Dalton Durossette had a productive day at quarterback.

David Nichols, Brock DeWitt and Jorge Tiscareno logged playing time at receiver.

"He (Dalton) looked very comfortable," Bret Durossette said. "He didn't panic. Our offensive line did a good job protecting him. The kids rallied around him."

Linebackers Gibson, Martinez, Jaime Topete and Shane Bell led the way on defense.

"I thought our guys did a really good job of stopping the run," coach Durossette said. "They stepped up. We had some holes in the secondary."

Miguel Jimenez took the majority of snaps at quarterback for the Hawks.

"I wanted to let him get comfortable," Edwards said. "He made some good reads and decisions. He sustained some drives. For the most part, I'm happy with his performance."

Seven different players contributed at running back, including Estevan Barragan, Carlos Rodriguez, Gabe Campos, Nasson Sanchez, Efrain Garcia, Gabriel Rodriguez and Ryan Palecek.

"It's nice to have that kind of depth," Edwards said. "We can stay fresh and have different looks and tempos for opposing defenses."

David Serrano, Eduardo Tovar, Tyler Beckhart, Ryan Palecek, Robert Garcia, Angel Porras, Martin Orozco and Keven Figueroa logged playing time on the offensive line.

Brandon Kearney was slowed by an injury.

"Spots are open," Edwards said. "The best five guys are going to play."

Barragan (safety), Sanchez (linebacker) and Serrano (tackle) led the way on defense.

The Hawks also received contributions from linemen Tovar, Beckhart, Palacek, Garcia, Orozco and Figueroa.

"The kids didn't do too bad," Edwards said. "They were hustling and reacting. They were over-pursuing at times."

The Ceres-Central Valley Jamboree served as a fundraiser for both of the school's football programs.

The Bulldogs and Hawks will share more than $3,000.

"It's an opportunity for us to collaborate," Bret Durossette said. "I love having the scrimmage here. Our facility is phenomenal."