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Passing Showdown
Ceres High School's varsity football held its first seven-on-seven passing competition of the summer on Thursday, June 24.

The host Bulldogs and Modesto High Panthers scrimmaged for 90 minutes.

"We did a lot of good stuff today," Ceres High head coach Brett Johnson said. "We need to improve our communication. The kids are still thinking, then responding. You got to get rid of that and react."

Ceres High had multiple players contribute on offense, including Nick Welsh, George Borden, Ivan Raya, Jr. Moniz, Zach Naylor, Matt Cardelli, Hadon Lopez, Matt Miranda, Anthony Amirfar, Lucas Tevaseu and Ryan Ramirez.

"We're exploring and moving people around," Johnson said.

Welsh and Borden are battling for the quarterback job. They filled in for injured starter Josh Edwards in 2009.

"The neat thing about George and Nick is they're both fierce competitors," Johnson said. "They're going to push, support and make each other better. It gives us a lot of options."

Against Modesto High, Welsh finished 9-for-21 (43 percent) with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions.

Borden tallied one touchdown, an interception and a completion percentage of 41 (11 of 27).

Raya caught a team-leading seven passes and one touchdown.

Moniz and Naylor both had one TD reception.

Cardelli and Lopez chipped in with two catches apiece.

"They (Welsh and Borden) made some good decisions," said Hadon, Ceres High's most experienced player.

This is Lopez's fourth summer training with the Bulldogs.

He was promoted to varsity during his freshman year.

Lopez amassed 268 tackles, 71/2 sacks, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception in three seasons.

"It's always great to come back and play football," Hadon said. "I'm in the weight room three times a day. I'm trying to make sure the rest of the team's with me. Hopefully, it will help us this season."

Ceres High will open the 2010 campaign on Aug. 27. The Bulldogs host Ripon.

"I can't remember the last time we've won our first game," Johnson said. "That's our main goal right now."