The Sac-Joaquin Section released its playoff brackets for high school football on Oct. 27.
Ceres High missed the postseason for the 14th year in a row.
Conference champions in 2016, crosstown-rival Central Valley failed to advance to the playoffs for the second straight season.
“It’s upsetting,” Hawks’ senior offensive/defensive lineman Vince Bocanegra said. “Of course, we all wanted to go to playoffs and continue our season. But we’re not going to dwell on it. All we can do is hope for the best for next year’s team.”
“It’s frustrating,” Bulldogs’ senior running back/linebacker Felipe Martinez said. “We were expected to be the group to turn around the program. We didn’t do it. Hopefully, they can have a more positive season next year.”
Ceres High compiled a 1-9 overall record and finished in fifth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings (1-6).
The Bulldogs averaged just 10.8 points and 171.4 yards of total offense per game.
Ceres High allowed 36.2 points per game.
The Bulldogs collected their lone victory against last-place Beyer (0-10, 0-7). The Bulldogs pulled away for a 44-21 win.
Ceres High lost its first three games of the season by shutout.
Martinez led the Bulldogs’ rushing attack with 405 yards and five touchdowns on 122 carries. He also grabbed six passes for 101 yards and one TD.
Senior quarterback Isaac Vizcaino completed 46 of 91 passes for 636 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He also had two rushing TDs.
Senior all-purpose player Andrew Alcala caught 13 passes for 173 yards with one touchdown and ran for 105 yards and one TD on 49 carries.
Junior receiver Fernando Sosa hauled in 19 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown.
Angel Padilla totaled 171 yards and two touchdowns on 15 receptions.
“There are things we can improve on. We got to get a good off-season training program in place. That’s priority No. 1."Matt Chachere
“There are things we can improve on,” Ceres High first-year leader Matt Chachere said. “We got to get a good offseason training program in place. That’s priority No. 1. We’ve talked about that as a coaching staff.”
Added Martinez: “It starts during the offseason. Being able to recruit more kids into the weight room, it really matters. Hopefully, they can get more kids from the school into the program.”
The Hawks went 2-8 and placed sixth during their first season in the Central California Conference (1-5).
Central Valley averaged 19.1 points and 233 yards of total offense per game.
The Hawks allowed 30.2 points per game.
Central Valley beat Ceres High (35-0) and El Capitan (23-16) this season.
“The season didn’t go as expected,” Bocanegra said. “We moved up a division. We weren’t ready for the pace of the CCC. It’s a faster speed. We played some good teams and we made some mistakes. We didn’t maintain our level of intensity every game. When you’re focused on trying not to mess up, it can really get to you. You can overwork your brain. That’s what happened to a lot of us.”
Hawk junior quarterback Andrew Hernandez completed 112 of 210 passes for 1,393 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also had three rushing TDs.
Sophomore running back Isaiah Hidalgo gained 563 yards and scored eight touchdowns on 145 carries. He caught 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior receiver Erick Martinez-Stucchi finished with 467 yards and three touchdowns on 29 receptions.
Senior running back Ryan Palecek carried the ball 33 times for 218 yards and one touchdown and totaled 102 yards and three scores on 14 receptions.
“I have no doubt next year’s team will not have a season like us,” Bocanegra stated. “I can say that with confidence. Coach (Scott Edwards) is going to make them better. He’ll find a way to turn things around. He’ll have something up his sleeve.”