Ceres High’s varsity football team lost 47-14 to visiting Los Banos on Senior Night at Bulldog Stadium on Oct. 12.
“We had one more opportunity to play at home,” Bulldogs’ senior running back/linebacker Felipe Martinez said. “It’s crazy to think that it’s over. We’re never going to play on that field again. For some of us, it was our home field since we were six or seven years old. We played youth football there.”
Seventh-place Ceres High dropped to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in Western Athletic Conference play.
The third-place Tigers improved to 5-3 and 4-1.
“It sucks losing. It comes down to playing four quarters of football and doing the little things right.”Felipe Martinez
“It sucks losing,” Martinez said. “It comes down to playing four quarters of football and doing the little things right.”
Ceres High had just 198 yards of total offense against Los Banos.
Martinez led the Bulldogs’ rushing attack with 92 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
Quarterback Isaac Vizcaino carried the ball eight times for 30 yards and one TD.
He completed 3 of 8 passes for 29 yards.
Fernando Sosa hauled in three passes for 29 yards.
Josh Gonzalez gained 36 yards on four attempts.
Los Banos outscored Ceres High 33-7 in the first half.
Martinez accounted for the Bulldogs’ lone touchdown when he dove into the end zone from the 2-yard line.
Vizcaino had a 1-yard rushing TD in the third quarter.
“They had some explosive plays on offense,” Martinez said. “They capitalized on our mistakes. We weren’t in the right spots at the right times.”
Martinez and his Ceres High senior teammates were recognized before the game.
“Emotions started flying out of nowhere,” said Martinez, who was accompanied by his father, grandmother, uncle and cousin during the special ceremony.
Ceres High has two games left on its schedule.
The Bulldogs will play at second-place Mountain House (7-1, 4-1) on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season last week. Pacheco took over sole possession of first place in the WAC standings with a 42-28 victory.
Ceres High will try to snap its three-game losing streak this week.
“Anything is possible no matter who you play,” Martinez said.