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Tigers 35, Bulldogs 18 in football
Chavez scores two rushing TDs for Ceres High
Ceres Highs Anthony Palomino returns a kickoff against Los Banos. The junior-varsity Bulldogs suffered a 35-18 loss while playing host to the Tigers on Friday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's junior-varsity football squad fell behind early and never recovered while losing its Western Athletic Conference opener, 35-18, to Los Banos on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

"We won the second half," Bulldogs head coach Brant Rose said while addressing his team following last week's game. "I'm proud of you guys. It's something to build off."

Ceres High dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the WAC standings.

Saul Chavez scored two rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

Chris Lubinsky threw a TD pass to Diego Diaz-DeLeon.

Christian Corral led the Tigers offense with three touchdowns, including two through the air and one on the ground.

Jeremiah Burton scored a pair of rushing TDs.

The Bulldogs trailed 27-6 at the break.

Burton had two 1-yard TD runs, and Corral tossed a 48-yard TD pass in the first quarter.

Corral's 9-yard TD strike gave Los Banos a 27-0 lead at the 4:24 mark of the second quarter.

Chavez's 1-yard TD run on a toss play to the left on fourth down cut the deficit to 21 points with 1:25 to play in the first half.

The Bulldogs' three other possessions in the opening half ended with a fumble, punt and turnover on downs.

Chavez scored on a 7-yard run, and Lubinsky rolled to his right and connected with Diaz-DeLeon on a 21-yard touchdown play in the fourth quarter.

Ceres High will play at Livingston on Friday. Kickoff slated for 5 p.m.