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Patterson roughs up Ceres High
Ceres High School's varsity football team left Los Banos battered and bruised.

"By the time the game was over, I had a defensive back and two linemen playing linebacker," Bulldogs head coach Brett Johnson said.

George Borden (hip pointer), Ivan Raya (shoulder), Nick Welsh (shoulder) and Matt Cardelli (mouth) all suffered injuries during Friday's 43-0 Western Athletic Conference opening loss to the Tigers.

Hadon Lopez missed his second straight contest with a foot sprain. Lopez, a fourth-year starter, averages 16 tackles per game.

"He hasn't been cleared to play yet," Johnson said. "I feel so bad for the kid. He can't stay healthy."

The Bulldogs dropped to 1-5 on the year and 0-1 in the WAC standings.

Los Banos improved to 3-3 and 1-0.

Ceres High's offensive struggles continued.

The Bulldogs tallied just five first downs and 86 yards against the Tigers.

"When you can't get your offense clicking, it makes for a tough night," Johnson said.

Ceres High running back Zach Naylor gained 44 yards on 18 carries. He registered six tackles and one sack while filling for Lopez at middle linebacker. Naylor totaled 137 yards on six punts.

"He did a nice job," Johnson said.

Bulldog quarterback Nick Welsh completed 4 of 17 passes for 38 yards.

Josh Sasamoto caught two passes for 27 yards.

Ceres High trailed 36-0 at intermission.

Cardelli, Raya and Borden didn't play in the second half.

Matt got injured on special teams. His bottom teeth were pushed back.

"He bit through his mouthpiece," Johnson said. "I've never seen anything like that."

Los Banos delighted its homecoming fans.

The Bulldogs suffered their fifth straight loss.

"That's the best team we've played," Johnson said. "They're pretty talented."

Ceres High will host Central Catholic (4-2, 1-0) this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

"We want to be competitive every week," Johnson said. "That's going to be our goal."