Ceres High's varsity football team won the battle in the trenches during Friday night's 48-42 victory over host Weston Ranch.
The Bulldogs generated 522 yards and scored six touchdowns on offense thanks in large part to the dominant play of center Fernado Salgado, right guard Shane Bell, left guard Jaime Topete, left tackle Brock Moore and right tackle Elias Saldana.
"After watching the game film, I'm going to give the game ball to the offensive line," Ceres High second-year offensive coordinator Brandon Moring said. "I'm really proud of them."
The Bulldogs piled up 277 yards and four TDs on the ground versus the Cougars.
Gibson ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns, both career highs, on 15 carries. He hauled in two passes for 34 yards and one score.
"He's a special talent," Moring said. "I'm glad he's at Ceres High School."
Junior Felipe Martinez added 70 yards and one TD on 17 carries. He also had an 11-yard reception.
Sophomore quarterback Dalton Durossette performed like a veteran while completing 13 of 19 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions during his debut with the Bulldogs.
"They couldn't stop us on the ground," Moring said. "We went with what worked. He (Durossette) had a big night, too. The best chance for us to be successful is to balance our attack. Our philosophy has changed. I'm happy with the performance. We won. That's the biggest judgment mark of everything."
Salgado, Bell, Topete, Moore and Saldana helped Ceres High execute its game plan against Weston Ranch.
"They're big, strong kids that move well," Moring said.
Salgado and Topete are second-year varsity players.
Bell and Moore did not play last year.
Saldana competed at the junior-varsity level a season ago.
He's just a sophomore.
"Offensive line play is never talked about," Moring said. "We value what they do. It's important. They know how important their job is."
Salgado, Bell, Topete, Moore and Saldana started preparing for the 2017 season by toiling in the weight room during the summertime.
"They were super dedicated," Moring said.