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Wolves eliminate Bulldogs from football playoff contention
CHS drops to 3-5 on the year
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It's official.

Ceres High's varsity football team will miss the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the 13th year in a row.

The Bulldogs dropped out of postseason contention Friday night with a 47-23 loss at Livingston.

"It's not what we wanted to happen," Ceres High dual-threat running back Andrew Gibson said. "It's frustrating. But there's nothing we can do about it. We're focusing on the rest of the year and how we're going to play these next two games."

The Bulldogs fell to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

The Wolves improved to 3-5 and 1-2.

Ceres High opened WAC play with losses to Los Banos (7-1, 2-1) and Patterson (7-1, 3-0).

"It's a difficult league to play in," Gibson said. "There's a lot of competition."

The Bulldogs' defense surrendered 494 yards of total offense to the Wolves.

Livingston's rushing attack totaled 270 yards and five touchdowns.

The Wolves erased a slim 15-14 deficit by accounting for 33 of the game's final 41 points.

"That's the most frustrating game I've played in," Gibson said. "We were winning at half. We just made a bunch of mistakes in a row and they capitalized. We struggled to execute. It shouldn't have happened."

Ceres High's season started with so much promise.

Winners of three of their first four games, the Bulldogs appeared well on their way to ending years of frustration.

Ceres High dropped out of playoff contention with four straight losses.

The Bulldogs needed to win their final three games against Livingston, Pacheco and Central Valley to qualify for the postseason.

"It's frustrating," Gibson said. "It's my last year. I wanted to go."

Ceres High will play host to Pacheco this Friday at 7 p.m. The Panthers edged the Bulldogs 42-41 in overtime last season.

"I dropped the game-winning catch in the end zone," Gibson said. "I want to make up for that. We'll play like it's a game that will get us to playoffs even though it's not. We want to win our last two games. For us seniors, nobody wants to leave losing."