Waged in a battle with Gregori, Ceres High School's varsity football team struggled when it mattered most.
The Jaguars outscored the Bulldogs 19-0 in the fourth quarter on their way to pulling away for a 44-20 win Friday night in Ceres.
"The effort was there," Ceres High senior lineman Ramon Coral said. "We competed with them. We came up short. We just didn't execute at the end of the game."
Ceres High dropped to 0-2 on the year.
Gregori improved to 1-1 overall.
The Bulldogs finished with 304 yards of total offense.
Ceres High piled up 167 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 34 carries.
Aaron Black ran for 56 yards on 16 carries.
Seth Gibson gained 54 yards and scored one TD on seven carries.
Bulldog quarterback Brad Bussard completed 13 of 33 passes for 137 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Bussard carried the ball seven times for 40 yards and one TD.
Marcellus Boykins had a 13-yard TD reception.
Conner Johnson caught three passes for 41 yards.
Austin Stiles totaled 39 yards on four receptions.
The Bulldogs allowed 568 yards of total offense.
Gregori totaled 472 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 45 carries.
Demetrius Vinson ran for a game-high 123 yards and three TDs.
Jonathan Duggan gained 80 yards and scored three TDs on nine carries.
Matt Vargas added 59 yards and one TD on six carries.
Cam Calton completed 6 of 13 passes for 96 yards with two interceptions.
The Bulldogs totaled 80 tackles on defense.
Ceres High's Nick Alcala had 10 tackles, one interception and one pass deflection.
Ricky Valenzuela had nine tackles, one interception and one pass deflection.
Coral had five tackles and one sack.
Armani Rivera, Daniel Raya and Adrian Garcia had 11, nine and eight tackles, respectively.
"The one thing we struggled with was tackling," said Coral, whose team forced three turnovers. "Their backs were big."
Ceres High trailed 18-12 at intermission and 25-20 heading into fourth quarter..
Coral was sidelined with quad and calf cramps during the final five minutes.
"A lot of us play both ways," he said. "We're going to have to condition more if we're going to keep up with other teams."
Ceres High will play at Hughson (2-0) this Friday. Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.
"If we have a good week of practice, we'll do well during the game," Coral said. "We can compete with them if we stop their run. Everybody has to be on the same page, making sure we execute the plays."