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Lubinsky embraces role
Jr. quarterback relishes chance to lead CHS
Junior quarterback Chris Lubinsky will direct Ceres Highs spread offense this fall. - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

The 2015 high school football campaign will kick off later this month.

Chris Lubinsky started preparing for his first varsity season this past spring.

Lubinsky joined Ceres High's JV boys track and field team because he wanted to improve his athleticism and speed.

He also started training at Bonsu Elite Athletics in Ceres.

"You have to improve yourself every day," said Lubinsky, who will enter the 11th grade this fall.

Chris contributed at quarterback while leading Ceres High to the semi-final round of the Ninth Annual Modesto Junior College 7-on-7 Passing Tournament on July 11.

The Bulldogs compiled a 2-2 record at the 16-team event.

"Overall, I was really happy with how we did considering we didn't have Marcellus and Austin," said Lubinsky, who tossed 12 touchdown passes in four games. "We were able to do really well without them. We could have easily gone 4-0. We should have beat Turlock Christian. Los Banos scored with 30 seconds left to beat us."

Marcellus Boykins and Austin Stiles, Ceres High's top returning receivers from a year ago, did not participate.

Lubinsky targeted Seth Gibson, Austin Crain, Wyatt Ogden and Conner Johnson.

Ceres High lost 24-20 to 2014 Western Athletic Conference champion Los Banos in the semifinals.

"We were doing what we wanted on the offensive end," Lubinsky said. "They just got one more possession than s because they won the coin toss. It's just nice to know we can stack up against a team like Los Banos that's very talented."

The Bulldogs placed first in the West Pool with a 2-1 record.

Ceres High defeated Sonora and Orestimba.

The Bulldogs lost to Turlock Christian.

Host Downey was the overall champion.

Lubinsky will direct Ceres High's spread offense this fall.

The Bulldogs have talent and depth at receiver.

Second-year running back Johnni Smith-Willis gives Ceres High balance.

"I feel comfortable running anything in our playbook," Lubinsky said. "I've learned the system."

The Bulldogs haven't had a winning season or made the playoffs since 2004.

"The goal ultimately is to get Ceres High back to a winning program and that's what I plan on doing," Lubinsky said.