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Dawgs win, Hawks fall
Anthony Ramirez returns
Central Valley’s Anthony Ramirez returns a kickoff versus Golden Valley on Friday in Ceres. The Hawks lost 56-22 to the undefeated Cougars. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High’s football team improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference standings this past week.

Central Valley dropped to 1-5 on the season and 0-2 in Central California Conference play.

Ceres High continued its run of dominance against Johansen.

The Bulldogs rolled to a 40-6 victory over the Vikings in WAC action Friday evening in Modesto.

Ceres High has won its last four meetings versus Johansen (0-6, 0-3) by a combined score of 134-28.

“We played well as a team,” Bulldogs’ third-year running back Tarrell Lee-Gill said. “That’s what we expected to do.”

Ceres High has four games left on its regular-season schedule.

The Bulldogs are vying for their second straight playoff berth.

Ceres High lost all 10 of its game during the 2019-20 school year.

“We’re in a good place,” Lee-Gill said. “Obviously, we’d like to be undefeated. The way we lost to Lathrop was a learning lesson.”

The Bulldogs piled up 379 yards of total offense during last week’s blowout win.

Lee-Gill rumbled for 207 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries. He also had a 35-yard reception.

“I just got the ball and ran,” Lee-Gill said. “The holes were there because of my offensive line.

Landyn Hudson completed 8 of 18 passes for 137 yards with one touchdown.

Ricky Stanley caught three passes for 71 yards and one TD.

Nicholas Vieyra made both of his field-goal attempts (27 and 44 yards) and two of his three point-after kicks.

Faiva Taukalau led Ceres High’s defense with eight tackles.

Daniel Baker had three tackles and one fumble recovery.

Joseph Kamber had two tackles and one pass deflection.

The Bulldogs have allowed just 95 points in six games.

“Our defense has been stepping up this year,” Lee-Gill said.

Ceres High will play host to Pacheco (4-2, 3-0) this Friday at 7 p.m.

Central Valley lost 56-22 to undefeated Golden Valley on Friday at CUSD Stadium.

Senior receiver Jayson Casias caught three passes for 134 yards and one touchdown.

He had to sit out this past season due to the Sac-Joaquin Section transfer rule.

“My production has been great,” said Casias, who spent parts of his sophomore year at Central Catholic and crosstown-rival Ceres High. “This is what I wanted. Record-wise, this isn’t what we were expecting as a team. I’m hoping we win the rest of our games and have a shot at playoffs.”

The Hawks have been outscored 193-94 this year.

“We need to get better as a team,” Casias said. “Hopefully, these next few games we can generate more offense as a whole. No one is giving up at this point. There’s always something to play for. You’re not out here to mess around.”

Darrius Jackson enjoyed his best game to date at quarterback with the Hawks last week. 

He completed 7 of 12 passes for 165 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

He rushed for 89 yards and one TD on 14 carries.

“Darrius is getting more comfortable week by week,” Casias said.

Anthony Ramirez totaled 31 yards on four receptions.

Felix Arellano blocked a punt and Amari O’Bryant recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

Central Valley trailed 28-0 at intermission.

Golden Valley improved to 6-0 and 2-0

“We didn’t give up,” Casias said. “We kept playing until the clock hit zero.”

Central Valley will play at Patterson (6-1, 3-0) this Friday. The CCC game will get underway at 7 p.m.

Kahmi Smith
Kahmi Smith (3) and Ceres High’s defense limited Johansen to just six points. - photo by Dale Butler