Every team has hope at the beginning of the year.
Ceres High School's varsity football squad dropped to 2-6 on the season following Friday night's 58-12 home loss to Pacheco.
The Bulldogs clinched their ninth straight non-winning season. Ceres High amassed a 14-66 record from 2005-12.
"We haven't been over .500 since 2004," Ceres High head coach Bret Durossette said.
The Panthers improved to 6-2 on the year and 3-1 in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Bulldogs have a 1-3 mark in WAC play.
"We should have a better record," Ceres High senior receiver Dylan Canatsy said. "We're just playing for pride now. We want to have fun."
The Bulldogs tallied three turnovers, 16 first downs and 432 yards on offense against Pacheco.
Ceres High junior quarterback Brad Bussard totaled 312 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while completing just 17 of his 40 pass attempts.
"Brad had no time to throw," Canatsy said. "They were blitzing."
Harman Chung caught five passes for 123 yards and one touchdown.
Canatsy had four catches for 54 yards and one TD.
Dominic Durossette, Gabriel Solis, Jimmy Bates and Brent Bussard finished with 69, 33, 19 and 14 yards receiving, respectively.
Brent Bussard rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries.
Isaiah Hernandez registered a team-high seven tackles.
Brent Bussard, Ramon Coral, Caleb McDade and Ricky Valenzuela all made four tackles.
The Bulldogs could not have gotten off to a better start against the Panthers. Ceres High grabbed a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter when Brad and Harman combined for a 55-yard TD.
"Our confidence was up," Dylan said. "We were competing. We just fell apart."
Pacheco outscored Ceres High 58-6 the rest of the way.
The Panthers led 43-6 at intermission.
"It's very frustrating," said Canatsy, who hauled in a 21-yard TD pass from Brad Bussard in the final period. "We should have done better. There's a lot of frustration after games. It just sucks. I was hoping for a better senior year."
Ceres High will return to the gridiron on Nov. 1. The Bulldogs will play at first-place Central Catholic (6-1, 3-0). The WAC contest will get underway at 7 p.m.