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Jolley looks forward to all-star experience
Brandon Jolley led by example during his four-year career with the Bulldogs, including two at the varsity level.

The 2010 Ceres High graduate's selflessness and hard work earned him an invitation to Friday's 25th Annual Chowchilla Rotary All-Star Football Game. He'll suit up for the North team.

"I think it's going to be a great experience for him," Bulldogs head coach Brett Johnson said. "He'll get to play with some of the best players in the area."

"It means a lot," Jolley said. "All of my hard work has paid off. I'm just excited to play one more time and represent Ceres High. It should be a lot of fun."

A two-year starter for the Bulldogs, Brandon (6-1, 205) changed positions on offense during his senior year. He moved from tight end to guard. Jolley totaled 77 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two pass deflections while playing linebacker on defense.

"He was willing to do whatever it took to help the team out," Johnson said. "He was a competitor. Don't let the quietness fool you."

When asked what he enjoyed most about football, Brandon said: "I love the contact, the energy of the game, being around your teammates and building relationships with your coaches. Coach Johnson has been a great role model. He's very positive. He's a great motivator."

Jolley had near-perfect attendance during his stint with the Bulldogs.

"I missed one practice in four years," he said. "It was a family emergency. I had no choice."

Brandon's family, friends and former coaches will be in the stands at Chowchilla High School's Henry Massaro Stadium. His mother Trudy never got to watch him play football. She died in a vehicle accident in Utah when he was a youngster. Brandon, his father Kevin and siblings Trevor and Stacy survived the tragic wreck.

"He was a mama's boy too," Kevin said. "To see him grow into the young man he's become is amazing. He has fun at what he does. I'm his biggest fan."

"My dad's been to the majority of my games," Brandon said. "He's always taught me to be strong-minded. My mom's been watching from above."

Jolley will attend Modesto Junior College this fall. He plans to play football for the Pirates.

"He definitely has the ability to compete at the next level," Johnson said.

Bulldog teammate Justin Canatsy (wide receiver) and Central Valley's Vince Lopez (running back/defensive back) and Alex Casas (linebacker) were also selected to play for the North All-Stars in the Rotary Classic.

"We've been rivals for the past four years," Jolley said. "We're going to help each other now."

Canatsy had a productive final season with Ceres High. He caught a team-leading 46 passes for 574 yards and seven touchdowns. Justin contributed at running back and cornerback as well. He also completed an 88-yard pass.

"I'm really happy for him (Justin)," Johnson said. "He really deserves it."