Winless through its first two games, Ceres High’s varsity football team remained optimistic heading into last week’s matchup with West of Tracy at CUSD Stadium.
The Bulldogs and Wolf Pack had a combined 0-5 record.
“Going into the game, I thought we were going to win,” sophomore quarterback Bryce Piatt said. “We weren’t such underdogs like the previous games.”
Shorthanded Ceres High battled West during the first half of Friday night’s 27-0 loss
.“I’m definitely surprised by the score. There wasn’t that big of a difference between them and us.”QB Bryce Piatt
.“I’m definitely surprised by the score,” Piatt said. “There wasn’t that big of a difference between them and us.”
Ceres High dropped to 0-3 on the year.
West improved to 1-3 overall.
The Bulldogs have dropped 12 of their last 13 games dating back to last season.
Ceres High hasn’t posted a winning record or qualified for the playoffs since 2004.
“We have seven games left,” Piatt said. “Nothing is impossible. I have trust in our team.”
The Bulldogs lost by shutout for the second week in a row.
“We need to hit the weight room and get stronger,” Piatt said. “We need to be more physical.”
West limited Ceres High to 191 yards of total offense.
The Bulldogs lost two fumbles.
Piatt completed 6 of 16 passes for 32 yards.
Montrell Block gained 78 yards on 14 carries.
Nicolas Angulo rushed for 67 yards on 15 carries.
Aaron Delgado caught four passes for 32 yards.
The Bulldogs had two 11-play drives and one 10-play drive stall in Wolf Pack territory. Ceres High turned the ball over on downs three times.
“The one thing that is killing us is our depth,” Piatt said. “The small injuries are adding up.”
West seized the momentum after Piatt (head), Block (ankle) and two-way lineman Joshua Ofisa (knee) exited the game with injuries.
They were sidelined during the second half.
“It was a little frustrating I couldn’t go back in,” Piatt said. “I felt helpless because I knew I could contribute but wasn’t able to. That feeling hurts more than losing the game.”
The Wolf Pack outscored the Bulldogs 21-0 after intermission.
“We were hyped up for the game,” said Piatt, whose team trailed by just six points at halftime.
Ceres High will try to secure its first victory of the 2019 season in front of its Homecoming crowd this Friday.
The Bulldogs will battle the Lathrop Spartans (0-3).
“It would be amazing to win,” Piatt said. “I see it happening. We just need to work as a unit.”