A week removed from suffering a 52-20 loss to the Oakdale Stampede, the Ceres Seahawks varsity youth football team responded in resilient fashion in topping the Livingston Wolves 30-6 on Saturday at Central Valley High School.
"After losing pretty bad last week, the kids rebounded for a conference win and a step into the right direction," Ceres head coach Joe Borba said.
The Seahawks improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Cen-Cal League AFC standings.
Ceres' Isaiah Hidalgo starred on offense with 127 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries.
He also returned a kickoff 87 yards for a score.
Amare Padilla ran for 48 yards and one TD on eight carries.
Ruben Valenzuela starred on defense with 11 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Jorge Gutierrez and Ryan Beffa both made nine tackles.
Michael Leon tallied six tackles and converted three of four point-after kicks.
Tyrell Williams totaled six tackles as well.
Beffa (linebacker), Francisco Alaniz (defensive back) and Sergio Mendoza (center) were newcomers to the Seahawks' starting lineup.
"We had a couple of starters not playing and limited due to injuries," Borba said. "Several players were asked to step up to fill in to make plays."
Hidalgo scored on runs of 40 and 7 yards as the Seahawks built a 16-0 lead in the first half.
Isaiah ran back the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown.
Padilla added a 9-yard rushing TD in the fourth quarter.
The Wolves scored their lone touchdown late in the game.
"Our defense had a better showing this week," Borba said.
The Seahawks will face the Atwater Falcons (2-3) this Saturday at Atwater High School.
The game will begin at 7 p.m.