Former Ceres High standout quarterback Dalton Durossette celebrated two milestones this past week.
He turned 17 on Thursday.
On Friday, Durossette helped lead Central Catholic’s varsity football team to a 49-7 win over Elk Grove in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II playoffs.
“It was a good birthday present to start, get the win and win in that fashion.”Dalton Durossette
“I was excited to play for CC in the postseason for the first time,” said Dalton, a 6-foot-3 215-pound junior. “It was a good birthday present to start, get the win and win in that fashion.”
He threw for 142 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 5 of 6 passes.
“My mindset was the same I’ve had every game,” said Durossette, who has a quarterback rating of 138.5 with 1,307 yards, 18 TDs and just two picks this season. “I wanted to play to the best of my ability.”
The second-seeded Raiders defended their home turf in dominant fashion against the 10th-seeded Thundering Herd.
Central Catholic outscored Elk Grove 49-0 in the opening half.
“We were just more prepared and it showed,” Durossette said. “It’s not just me who played well. The whole team did.”
Central Catholic (10-1) will battle third-seeded Inderkum (11-0) in the semifinals on Nov. 23 in Modesto. The game was supposed to be played this Friday but was postponed due to poor air quality.
The two teams have a combined record of 21-1.
“Our goal every week is to get better no matter who we’re playing,” Durossette said.