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Seahawks top pride in Super Bowl rematch
Anthony Lopez IV rushed for 158 yards and scored one touchdown during the Ceres Seahawks junior-varsity football teams 48-6 blowout of the Turlock Pride in the Cen-Cal Super Bowl on Nov. 19 in Merced. - photo by Anthony Lopez IV rushed for 158 yards and scored one touchdown during the Ceres Seahawks junior-vars

The Ceres Seahawks junior-varsity youth football team got the rematch it longed for.

The Seahawks and Turlock Pride battled for the Cen-Cal Super Bowl title for the second year in a row earlier this month in Merced.

Ceres avenged a heart-breaking 34-27 loss with a 48-6 win over Turlock on Nov. 19 at Golden Valley High School.

"The theme this year was redemption," Seahawks head coach Anthony Lopez said. "The kids wanted to prove they were the best team in Cen-Cal. I'm proud of them. It's a great accomplishment. It just shows we're doing something right."

Ceres posted a perfect 13-0 record in 2016.

The Seahawks topped the Pride, Turlock Bulldogs (38-8) and Merced Cougars (47-0) in the playoffs.

"This is the best team I've ever coached," Lopez said. "They were disciplined and focused. They played as a team. They were easy to coach."

Seahawk running back Anthony Lopez IV gained 158 yards and scored one touchdown on 12 carries and completed 3 of 4 passes for 63 yards and one TD against the Pride.

Quarterback Julian Lopez gained 103 yards and scored two touchdowns on seven carries.

Anthony Martinez rushed for 82 yards and one TD on eight attempts. He also had a 38-yard touchdown reception.

Isaiah Epps totaled 51 yards and one TD on seven attempts. He caught two passes for 25 yards.

Kicker Roberto Tiscareno booted all five of his point-after kicks.

Anthony Lopez IV collected 10 tackles and one sack on defense.

Julian Lopez had eight tackles and one sack.

Epps had eight tackles.

Martinez had seven tackles.

Austin Munguia had five tackles.

Jordan Mendoza had three tackles and one interception.

Eli Beltran had three tackles.

Elijah Castillo had three tackles.

Michael Couto and Roylee Prunty both had two tackles and one sack.

Ceres scored touchdowns on its first five possessions en route to building a 40-0 lead in the opening half of the Super Bowl.

"They went out there and executed the game plan," coach Lopez said. "They made it look easy. In warmups, I could tell in their eyes they were focused and ready to go. This year, they were more calm. Their nerves got the best of them last year."

Approximately 10 of Ceres' 24 players suited up for last year's 12-1 team, including Lopez IV, Julian Lopez, Martinez, Tiscareno, Castillo, Munguia, Mendoza, Cuto, Prunty and Riley Adkins.

They didn't have to settle for being second-best this season.

"It was awesome to see the kids fulfill their goal," Anthony Lopez said. "I'm happy for them."

The Seahawks made it look easy in winning all 13 of their games this year.

Ceres outscored its opponents, 638-28. "Cen-Cal is a tough league," coach Lopez said. "And we ran right through it. This group of kids is special. This is the first team I've coached that practiced as hard as they played. They didn't mess around. They were focused all year."