Ceres High School's varsity boys golf team narrowly escaped with a 209-212 victory over crosstown-rival Central Valley on Wednesday at River Oaks.
"We knew it was going to be close," Hawks head coach Mike Holliday said. "Los Banos barely beat both of us. It's going to make for an exciting year."
Ceres High (4-2) improved their all-time record versus Central Valley (3-2) to 13-0.
The Bulldogs and Hawks faced off for the first time in 2007.
Ian Couture led Ceres High with a 5-over-par 36.
Blake Hurst and Dominic Durossette posted identical scores of 41.
Justin Moore and Dylan Lake carded 45 and 46, respectively.
Anthony Bonales led Central Valley with an even-par 31.
Jacob Craig, Josh Boles, Adrian Arellano and Austin Jacques shot 36, 45, 48 and 52, respectively.
"Every single shot matters in a match like this," Holliday said. "You have to stay focused."
Bonales and Craig helped the Hawks build a 10-stroke lead by outplaying Couture and Hurst.
The Bulldogs cut the deficit to six shots as Durossette posted a better score than Boles.
Moore and Lake completed the comeback.
"The kids were excited," Holliday said. "They edged us at the end. We have to learn how to finish."
Ceres High, Central Valley and Los Banos are battling for one of the WAC's three playoff berths.
"I don't think the team is satisfied with where it's at," Holliday said. "We can very easily be 5-0 right now. The important thing is we're seeing improvement every match."