Ceres High's varsity football team piled up 522 yards of offense and scored seven touchdowns during its season-opening 48-42 win at Weston Ranch on Aug. 25.
Competing on the road for the second time in as many weeks, the Bulldogs struggled to keep pace with and slow down East Union.
Ceres High totaled just two TDs and allowed 504 rushing yards in losing 47-14 to the Lancers on a hot Friday evening at Dino Cunial Field.
"That game's over with," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said. "Our focus is Hughson. Hopefully, we compete better. I think it's going to be a great game."
Ceres High dropped to 1-1 on the year.
East Union improved to 1-0.
"We lost because they had a better team," Durossette said. "That's the bottom line. We had no answers for what they were doing."
Ceres High sophomore quarterback Dalton Durossette turned in a respectable performance versus East Union.
Durossette completed 13 of 27 passes for 156 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Dalton ran for 83 yards and one TD on 11 attempts.
Durossette completed passes to seven different players.
Bulldog Josh Gonzales' lone catch resulted in a 15-yard touchdown.
David Nichols, Brock DeWitt, Jorge Tiscareno, Felipe Martinez, Andrew Gibson and Marco Fathi had 40, 34, 22, 21, 18 and 4 yards, respectively, through the air.
Nichols exited the game with a knee injury.
"That kid (Dalton) has a bright future and is a class act, too," Lancers head coach Willie Herrera said. "They're set at that spot for the next three years, for sure."
"Obviously, he has a lot of room to improve," Bret Durossette. "He'll try to make himself and his teammates better."
The Lancers limited the Bulldogs to 106 yards and one TD on the ground.
Gibson, Ceres High's standout running back, managed to gain just 1 yard on eight carries.
Gibson, who was slowed by an ankle injury sustained the previous week, rushed for 208 yards and three TDs against Weston Ranch.
Martinez mustered just 10 yards on six carries.
"There were a lot of things we could have done better," coach Durossette said. "We're going to continue to run the ball. I still think Andrew's one of the best running backs in the area."
Felipe had seven tackles, one interception and one pass deflection at linebacker.
Andrew Alcala and Shane Bell chipped in with nine and eight tackles, respectively.
Lathrop transfer Raylan Carter had a memorable debut with the Lancers.
Carter, who was cleared to play by the Sac-Joaquin Section on Thursday, gashed Ceres High for 271 yards and four touchdowns on just six carries.
"Once I get the ball and hit the corner it's going to the house," Raylan said. "The line did a good job of opening up the holes for me, so I just want to give thanks to those guys."
East Union's Isaiah Sholund carried the ball 10 times for 101 yards and two TDs.
Lancer first-year quarterback JoJo Espinoza added 43 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. He completed 7 of 12 passes for 85 yards and one interception.
"They were bigger, faster and stronger," Brett Durossette said.
East Union reeled off 26 straight points before allowing a touchdown with 44.4 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Bulldogs capitalized after recovering a fumble near midfield.
Durossette's 14-yard TD pass to Josh Gonzales capped a 13-play scoring drive.
Carter had TD runs of 64 and 63 yards in the opening half.
Sholund also scored twice.
"After the first series, I could tell we weren't ready for the challenge," coach Durossette said. "They executed and we didn't respond. We couldn't stop them. They were well-coached. They had great athletes. I'd like to play them again. If we did our jobs, we'd be more successful."
Dalton scooted 63 yards for a touchdown during the second half.
Carter had rushing TDs of 52 and 76 yards.
JoJo accounted for East Union's final touchdown when he scored on a 15-yard run at the 2:47 mark.
Ceres High will play host to Hughson (2-0) this Friday at 7 p.m.
"The most important game right now is Hughson," Durossette said. "That's our focus. We have to reestablish our running game. There's no quit in Ceres football."
Manteca Bulletin Sports Editor Jonamar Jacinto contributed to this report.