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Patience pays off for Lubinsky
• CHS grad leads to success on gridiron at Monterey Peninsula College
Former Ceres High quarterback Chris Lubinsky set career-high marks in passing yards and touchdowns, and rushing scores in the Monterey Peninsula College football team’s 61-33 win over previously-unbeaten Hartnell College on Oct. 27. - photo by Contributed

Ceres High grad Chris Lubinsky was quick to give credit to his Monterey Peninsula College football coaches and teammates following his standout performance against Hartnell College on Oct. 27.

Lubinsky, a 6-foot-4 190-pound freshman quarterback, set career-high marks for passing yards and touchdowns, and rushing scores in the Lobos’ 61-33 blowout win of the previously-unbeaten Panthers in Golden Coast Conference (GCC) play.

Lubinsky completed 17 of 20 passes for 459 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions versus Hartnell (7-1, 4-1). He also had three rushing TDs.

Monterey Peninsula College (5-4, 3-3) dealt Hartnell its first loss of the season and claimed the highly-coveted President’s Trophy.

“I’m just glad we won,” Lubinsky aid. “It was our rivalry game. Last year, we lost. Our offensive line did a great job. I didn’t get sacked once. Our running back had more than 150 rushing yards. A lot of guys made plays for us.”

Lubinsky leads an offense, averaging 39.3 points and 440 yards of total offense per game.

He has passed for 2,157 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.

The Lobos are trying to win their third consecutive GCC championship.

“It’s a lot of fun being a part of a team that is consistently in contention for conference titles. We’re hoping to finish the year off strong.”
Chris Lubinsky

“It’s a lot of fun being a part of a team that is consistently in contention for conference titles,” he said. “We’re hoping to finish the year off strong.”

Lubinsky redshirted with the Lobos last fall.

“It was a tough transition,” he said. “I got every rep in high school. As a redshirt freshman, my only contributions were doing what I could do on the scout team to prepare our first-team defense. It served me well. Now, I got the job and I’m trying to take advantage of the opportunity.”

“It’s definitely a challenge,” Lubinsky added while talking about life as a student-athlete. “A typical day is class starts at 8 a.m. and you’re done with football at 7 p.m. Usually, I try to watch an hour or two hours more of film per day. It’s kind of a balancing act but I’ve got a hang of it now.”

A two-year starter at Ceres High, Lubinsky led the Western Athletic Conference in touchdowns (15), yards (1,400), yards per game (280), completions (114), attempts (172) and rating (108.2) during his final season.

He passed for 2,918 yards with 28 TDs and just eight picks while completing 65 percent of his passes.

Lubinsky threw for a career-high 466 yards, believed to be a program record, and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 42-41 loss to the Los Banos Tigers.

Chris joined elite company as one of Ceres High’s all-time greatest passers.

He completed 413 of 682 passes for 5,595 yards with 54 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions in 20 career games.

Lubinsky earned first-team all-WAC honors for his outstanding play as a senior.

He was an honorable-mention selection his junior year.

“Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to play college football,” he said. “It’s pretty exciting to be a part of something special.”

Lubinsky could be recruited by a four-year college this spring.

“There is a chance I could leave after one year,” he said. “It’s been a great experience. I have to give a lot of the credit to my head coach for getting me ready to play. He has a good track record with quarterbacks. He’s got a lot of them to the Division-I level. The guy that played quarterback for us last year went to Fresno State.”