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CHS grads wrap up prep careers with win at all-star game
Recent Ceres High grad Conner Johnson caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Danny Velasquez (Turlock) at the North-South Rotary All-Star Football Game Friday night in Merced. - photo by Photo courtesy of Robin Johnson

Quarterback Chris Lubinsky, wide receiver Marcellus Boykins and tight end Conner Johnson all put up career-best numbers during their senior campaigns with Ceres High's varsity football program.

Lubinsky, Boykins and Johnson also earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors for their outstanding play for the Bulldogs, who posted a 4-6 overall record and finished in fourth place in the league standings (2-3).

"They definitely made my job a lot easier," said Lubinksy, whose team averaged 28.6 points per game on offense.

Chris, Marcellus and Conner represented Ceres High in the 32nd Annual North-South Rotary All-Star Game Saturday evening at Veterans Stadium in Merced.

The 2017 grads suited up for the North team, which posted a 33-19 win over the South squad.

"All three of us played a part in contributing to the win," Lubinsky said. "It's very special. It's something we're all proud of. It's a great way to celebrate the end of our high-school football careers."

Lubinsky and Boykins accounted for the North's third touchdown when they combined for a 28-yard scoring play on a hitch-and-go route.

"I was planning to go to Marcellus from the get-go because there was no safety help," Lubinsky said. "I was able to get him the ball and we scored. Our timing was perfect. We've run that play so many times in our offense."

Conner also scored a TD in the opening half. He hauled in a 27-yard pass from Danny Velasquez (Turlock).

"It was very exciting to see one of our teammates and friends make a great play," Chris said.

The North team practiced in triple-digit weather at Turlock High School leading up to the all-star game.

"Being on the turf added heat," Lubinsky said. "It really didn't bother us. We were all conditioned and ready to go by Saturday. Both sides made big plays to help the North win the game."

A two-year starter at quarterback, Lubinsky led the WAC in touchdowns (15), yards (1,400), yards per game (280), completions (114), attempts (172) and rating (108.2) this past fall.

Chris passed for 2,918 yards with 28 TDs and just eight picks on the year.

"I was fortunate to be chosen to play in the all-star game," Chris said. "It was a great honor. I knew I would have a limited amount of time to make an impact. I did whatever I could to help my team win. It was a very fun experience. It's something I'll remember being a part of."

A three-year starter at receiver, Boykins led the WAC in receptions (39), yards (569) and touchdowns (6) in 2016.

Marcellus caught 78 passes for 1,145 yards and nine TDS for the season.

"He has such a high motor," Lubinsky said. "Every time he's on the field, he gives you his all. He goes out there with the mindset of no one is going to stop him. He's relentless. He's a hard worker."

A three-year starter at tight end, Johnson ranked second in the WAC in receptions (31), yards (392) and touchdowns (4).

Conner totaled 812 yards and eight TDS on 59 receptions.

"He was our most sure-handed receiver," Lubinsky said. "And he'd punish you after he got the ball. He was so reliable."

Lubinsky and Johnson will continue their gridiron careers at Monterrey Peninsula College and Southern Oregon University, respectively.

Boykins will try to join the McNeese State football program as a walk-on player.