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CHS grad McDade wraps up prep football career, go on Mormon mission
McDade will spend two years in Spain
Former Bulldog football player Caleb McDade will leave for Madrid, Spain in September. McDade will be a Mormon missionary for the next two years. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Courier

Caleb McDade's immediate future will not include playing football.

The former Bulldog standout offensive lineman/linebacker will spend the next two years of his life in Madrid, Spain as a Mormon missionary.

"I was called to serve the church and spread the gospel," said McDade, a 2015 Ceres High grad. "It's something I planned on doing ever since I was little. It's not easy work. My dad (Jim) went to Belgium. My brother (James) is currently in Ohio. I'm pretty stoked. I ship out on Sept. 28. I can't wait to go."

Caleb played four seasons of football, two varsity, at Ceres High.

"It was fun playing football with all of my friends," he said. "I'll miss the camaraderie, and practicing and playing the game."

McDade was a key player on Ceres High's 3-7 football squad this past fall.

He earned first-team Western Athletic Conference honors.

Caleb anchored the Bulldogs' offensive line.

He was also an honorable-mention pick at linebacker.

McDade led the WAC in tackles with 59.

"I'm pretty happy with what I did," he said. "I always tried my best."

McDade and his Bulldog senior teammates upset crosstown-rival Central Valley 24-7 on the final day of the 2014 regular season.

Ceres High snapped a seven-year losing streak versus the Hawks.

The Bulldogs also prevented Central Valley from earning its second consecutive playoff berth.

The Hawks totaled just 172 yards and committed a season-high seven turnovers on offense against Ceres High.

"It's definitely something we'll always talk about," McDade said. "It was a cool thing to do. We were a lot more focused for that game."

Caleb played in the 30th Annual North/South Rotary All-Star Football Game in Merced on June 26.

He made three tackles at outside linebacker as the North posted a 15-0 shutout victory over the South.

McDade and Ramon Coral were teammates for three seasons at Ceres High, including two at the varsity level.

"I was pretty excited to play again," McDade said. "I made sure I stayed in shape from last season. I worked out as much as I could."

McDade will take Spanish classes at the Missionary Training Center in Madrid prior to traveling and teaching people about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"I'll learn the language," McDade said. "It will definitely be a fun experience."

McDade will attend Brigham Young University-Idaho when he returns from Spain.

"I was thinking about doing something in mechanical engineering," Caleb said. "But right now, I'm undecided."

When asked if he would ever play football again, McDade talked about the possibility of joining the university's club team.

"From what I heard, it's pretty competitive," he said.