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Dawgs lose game, key player
Nichols suffers knee injury while playing receiver
David Nichols playing status for Fridays game against Hughson is still uncertain as he recovers from a knee injury. Nichols suffered the injury at East Union last week. - photo by Courier file photo

Ceres High's varsity football team suffered a double-whammy during Friday night's 47-14 loss at East Union.

The Bulldogs lost the non-league game and a key player to injury.

Senior receiver David Nichols was injured on a non-contact play, head coach Bret Durossette said.

Nichols tweaked his knee while running a route in the second half.

"Hopefully, we can get him back on the field as soon as we can," Durossette said. "We want him to get well."

Nichols caught two passes for 40 yards before exiting the Ceres High-East Union game.

A transfer from Waterford, Nichols caught seven passes for 140 yards and one touchdown during his varsity debut with Ceres High on Aug. 25.

Nichols led the way on defense as well, blocking and returning a punt for a TD.

He also collected one sack.

The Bulldogs opened the 2017 season with a 48-42 victory at Weston Ranch.

David attended Ceres High his sophomore and freshman years.

"He (Nichols) does a lot of things well," Bulldogs offensive coordinator Brandon Moring said. "He's a versatile kid. He has a good football IQ."

Ceres High (1-1) will battle unbeaten Hughson (2-0) this Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

"It will be a game-time decision," Durossette said while talking about Nichols' status for the non-conference game. "We have other kids that have been working hard. Hopefully, they can rise to the occasion if David can't play."