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CHS faces tough task
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Ceres High School's varsity football team hasn't had any success against Central Catholic since joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2010.

The fourth-place Bulldogs will travel to Modesto to face the reigning Division-IV state champion Raiders in a Western Athletic Conference matchup this Friday at 7 p.m.

Ceres High will try to beat heavily-favored Central Catholic for the first time in four meetings. The Raiders defeated the Bulldogs 69-7 last season, 49-8 two years ago and 47-0 in 2010.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Ceres High head coach Bret Durossette said. "We hope it's going to be a dogfight. They're very good. We have to stay focused. We just got to play football. Anyone can be beat on any day."

The Bulldogs (2-6, 1-3) had an extra week to prepare for first-place Central Catholic (7-1, 4-0). Ceres High, which is averaging 366.5 yards of offense per game this year, did not play last Friday.

The Bulldogs will be led by quarterback Brad Bussard, receiver Dylan Canatsy, tight end Harman Chung and running back/linebacker Brent Bussard.

Brad has passed for 2,292 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season.

Dylan's totaled 960 yards and 10 touchdowns on 63 receptions.

Harman's amassed 613 yards and six TDs on 37 catches.

Brent's gained a team-leading 378 yards and scored three touchdowns on 96 carries. He's also tallied 38 tackles, registered 11/2 sacks and forced one fumble.

The Bulldogs have been outscored 168-62 in WAC play.

Central Catholic will be led by bruising running back Matt Ringer. He's rushed for 1,143 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2013.

The Raiders have outscored their conference opponents, 177-63. "We haven't stopped many people," Durossette said. "We've been searching for answers in how to get better. All we can do is try to improve."