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JV Dawgs close out season with 40-12 win over Hawks
Central Valleys Ryan Palecek gets bottled up by Ceres Highs defense. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's junior-varsity football team posed for a group picture following its Western Athletic Conference season-finale crosstown showdown with Central Valley.

The Bulldogs overcame a slow start and rolled to a 40-12 win over the host Hawks on Nov. 4.

"We bounced back from last week," Ceres High freshman quarterback Dalton Durossette said. "We had a good week of practice. The coaches pushed us hard. We executed our plays today."

Ceres High compiled a 7-3 overall record and finished third in the WAC (3-2).

Central Valley posted a 1-9 overall record and placed fifth in the conference standings (1-4).

Durossette helped the Bulldogs build a 26-6 lead in the opening half.

Ceres High seized control by scoring four unanswered touchdowns.

Dalton tossed TD passes to Angel Padilla (60 yards) and Dale Sizemore (45 yards).

Felipe Martinez and Andrew Alcala scored on runs of 11 and 4 yards, respectively.

Durossette exited the game briefly after colliding with a Hawk player in the red zone.

"I don't remember what happened," he said. "I got hit really hard."

Upset-minded Central Valley got on the scoreboard first.

Quarterback Mark Ramirez had a 6-yard rushing touchdown at the 3:25 mark of the opening quarter.

"We never lost confidence," Dalton said.

Durossette and Ceres High earned crosstown bragging rights.

"It's a memorable win," he said.

Central Valley had 190 yards of total offense versus Ceres High.

Ramirez rushed for 45 yards and one touchdown.

He completed 5 of 8 passes for 47 yards and one TD.

Anthony Ocanas had a 22-yard touchdown reception.

Gabriel Rodriguez rushed for 52 yards on 11 attempts.

Daniel Ward, Daniel Alvarez and Ryan Palecek all collected seven tackles.