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Penalties hurt Cowboys youth football team
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The Ceres Cowboys varsity youth football underestimated the Modesto Vikings last week.

"Some of the kids thought it was going to be a walk in the park because I had never lost to them," head coach Shane Trousdale said.

Modesto won the DYFL battle, 8-0, on Saturday at Johansen High School.

Ceres (1-3, 1-1) had several big plays nullified because of penalties, including a 45-yard run by Kelly Love, a 30-yard pass from Eric Lane to Love, and a 50-yard reverse by Angelo Bermudez.

The Cowboys racked up more than 150 yards in penalties.

"We had more yardage in penalties in the first half than yards on offense," Trousdale said. "The kids were trying to hard. Maybe it was their nerves. They really wanted to win."

Modesto (3-1, 2-0) scored the game's only touchdown at the end of the first half.

The Cowboys allowed a 35-yard rushing touchdown as time expired.

"We thought the half was over," Trousdale said. "They scored on their last play. We weren't prepared."

Ceres's offense never got on track against Modesto due to false start and holding penalties.

Lane and Bermudez both had 60 yards rushing.

"We just couldn't put anything together," Trousdale said.

Fidel Gaitan starred on defense. The veteran lineman had three tackles for losses. He also pressured Modesto's quarterback.

Bermudez intercepted a pass while playing safety.

"Most of the game was played at midfield," Trousdale said. "We should have won. Penalties killed us."

Ravens 33, Saints 7

The Ceres Saints varsity youth football team found itself in a tight contest with the Weston Ranch Ravens at the end of the first quarter of Sunday's DYSA showdown.

Tied at 7-all, the host Ravens outscored the Saints 33-0 the rest of the way.

"We stayed pretty close until the second half," Saints head coach Robert Castillo said. "We're small, young and inexperienced. We're still making strides each week."

Ceres dropped to 1-5 on the season.

Andrew Chapman, who missed the Saints' previous two games with an arm injury, scored on a 62-yard sweep in the first quarter.

"He motivates the other kids," Castillo said. "He's a team leader."

Saints defensive tackle Carlos Vallejo registered two sacks and forced a fumble.

"He was everywhere on the field," Castillo said.

Ceres trailed 20-7 at halftime.

The Ravens shut out the Saints after intermission.

"We had our opportunities," Castillo said. "We had a couple of dropped balls."