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Ceres High's football program showed flashes of brilliance during its 36-30 loss to Modesto High on Tuesday, June 24 in a seven-on-seven passing scrimmage at Bulldog Stadium.

"I'm not surprised," Ceres High signal caller Josh Edwards said. "We've been working hard in the weight room and outside."

"It's a testament to the kids," Bulldogs head coach Brett Johnson said. "They're starting to believe that they can do good things. The biggest thing is they're having fun."

Edwards and John Clark alternated at quarterback. Clark backed up recent graduate Zack Atchison last season. Edwards started at the JV level.

Clark completed 18 of 25 passes with three touchdowns and one interception against Modesto High.

Edwards finished 10-for-22 with two TD strikes and two picks.

Nine players caught at least one pass for the Bulldogs, including Marcus Hilgen (seven), Hadon Lopez (five), Justin Canatsy (four), Rajdeep Singh (three), Brandon Avila (three), Brandon Jolley (two), Nick Sandoval (two), Martino Bertolotti (two) and Michael Valenzuela (one).

Canatsy scored twice.

Hilgen, Singh and Jolley all had one TD.

"Both of them (Josh and John) did awesome," quarterbacks coach Clinton Goblirsch said. "They made good decisions and put the ball where it was supposed to be for the most part. I was very impressed."

"We know it's competition," Josh said. "But we're still rooting for each other."

"We're keeping it positive," John said.

Clark connected with Canatsy on a 40-yard scoring play to even the score at 5-all. Justin outjumped a defender in the left corner of the end zone.

Modesto High responded with a touchdown on its very next possession.

The Bulldogs' last drive ended with a turnover. Edwards completed two of his first three passes prior to being picked off.

Ceres High failed to win a game last fall.

The Bulldogs will look to rebound in 2008.

"They want to put last season behind them," Goblirsch said. "For some of them, it started in January. That's when they started lifting weights."

"The dedication and focus is there," Edwards stated.

Added Clark: "Everybody has faith in each other."