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Dalton Durossette’s week to remember
• CC junior turns 17, wins playoff game
Dalton Durossette made his first-ever playoff start for Central Catholic last week. The Ceres High transfer threw for 142 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders routed the Elk Grove Thundering Herd 49-7 on Friday in Modesto. - photo by Dale Butler

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.