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Thrilling comeback for Bulldogs
CHS rallies from 26-6 deficit in stunning Hughson
Jorge Tiscarenos 24-yard field goal with 1:20 to play propelled Ceres High Schools varsity football team past visiting Hughson, 34-33, Friday night. The Bulldogs battled back from a 20-point deficit on their way to upsetting the Huskies. - photo by Photo courtesy of Richard Story

It's become a common occurrence for Ceres High School varsity football fans to leave games early.

The Bulldogs haven't posted a winning record or qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs since 2004.

Ceres High, playing at home for the first time this fall, delighted its crowd by rallying from a 20-point deficit in stunning Hughson 34-33 Friday night.

The Bulldogs improved to 2-1 overall, their best start to a season in 14 years.

Hughson dropped to 2-1.

"We got kids that are buying into what we're trying to do," Bulldogs offensive coordinator Brandon Moring said. "It's not about one individual player. It's about all of us. We have a pretty selfless team."

Jorge Tiscareno booted his first career field goal-a 24-yarder-to give Ceres High a one-point lead with 1:20 left in regulation.

Tiscareno dropped a potential, touchdown pass several plays earlier.

He also missed two point-after kicks earlier in the game.

"I was really nervous," Tiscareno said. "My heart was racing. I was shaking. There was a lot of pressure. As soon as I kicked it, I felt pretty confident. I looked up and saw it go through the uprights. I knew I had it in me. I practiced all summer. I'm glad coach gave me the opportunity."

"In my entire coaching career at Ceres High School, we've never kicked a field goal to win a game," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said. "It was amazing. He drilled it. What a powerful statement that is. He's going to remember that for the rest of his life."

"We had complete confidence in him," Moring said. "He did his job. There were so many big plays in the game."

Ceres High sophomore Dalton Durossette showed off his dual-threat ability at quarterback for the second week in a row.

He completed 14 of 32 passes for 196 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Durossette rushed for 135 yards and one TD on 12 carries.

"He's showed the last couple weeks he's a threat on the ground," Ceres High offensive coordinator Brandon rong kid that's not easy to take down."

Andrew Gibson caught four passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

He had one rushing TD.

"We're going to continue to utilize him in a lot of ways," Moring said.

Cody Carpenter caught two passes for 9 yards and one TD.
Tiscareno hauled in four passes for 51 yards.

Felipe Martinez gained 40 yards on 11 attempts.

"Our kids never quit," Moring said. "They fought hard to the finish."

The Bulldogs surrendered just one touchdown during the second half.

Ceres High did the improbable by rallying from 20 points down to secure the victory.

Durossette tossed TD passes of 31 and 58 yards to Gibson in the final period.

"It was a great team effort," Bulldogs defensive coordinator Brett Johnson said.

Ceres High earned one of its most satisfying victories in years.

Hundreds of jubilant Bulldog football fans stormed the field.

"Our bleachers were full," Moring said. "Nobody left the game. Our kids appreciated the support. It felt nostalgic a little bit."

"We haven't had a lot of success over the years," coach Durossette said. "Our kids are excited about what we're doing right now."

Ceres High will face visiting Johansen (0-3) this Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

The Homecoming contest will get underway at 7 p.m.

"Anytime you win a ball game, you have momentum on your side," Moring said.