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Pride deal Dawgs a loss
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Ceres High varsity football coach Bret Durossette addressed his team near the 50-yard line after a crushing 56-20 loss to Pitman Friday night in Ceres. He praised his players' performance.

"You showed a lot of heart. And never quit," Durossette said.

"We never stopped fighting," said Ceres quarterback Ross Tate. "I think we surprised them."

The Bulldogs fell to 0-3 overall. The Pride improved to 2-1 overall.

"That's a good football team," Durossette said. "Probably the best we'll see all year long."

Added Tate: "We're improving. That's what preseason's for. We're preparing for league."

Pitman racked up 480 yards of offense, including 329 rushing and 151 passing.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 8 of 12 passes for 140 yards and four touchdowns. He connected on scoring passes of 41, 28 and 19 yards to Jordan Inabnit. Michael Roth caught a 10-yard TD strike from Kaepernick.

Anthony Harding, Pitman's star tailback, finished with 111 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. He scored on runs of 73 and 6 yards.

Kris Dahlgren ran for 90 yards on eight carries.

Justin Plagenza and Zach Quinones added TD runs of 17 and 5 yards, respectively.

"They had so many threats," Tate said.

Ceres High's offense gained 288 yards.

Tate completed 6 of 12 passes for 65 yards with one score. He threw a 27-yard TD pass to Armando Valencia. Tate also had 59 yards rushing on eight carries and scored on a 45-yard scamper.

"I tried to do my best," Tate said.

Tailback Dinkgo Luangchai had 124 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored on an 80-yard run. Fullback Byron Clark ran for 41 yards on 10 carries.

Luangchai's long TD run brought the Bulldogs within eight points in the first quarter. Ahead 14-6, the Pride outscored Ceres 42-14 in the final 36 minutes, including 28-0 in the second quarter.

Pitman totaled 390 yards of offense in the first half, including 269 rushing and 121 passing.

"We got to stop giving up those big plays," Tate said. "And we need to get a couple of them."

Ceres will play host to Golden Valley this Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs don't want to disappoint their homecoming crowd.

"I hope we come out hyped. And do what we know we can do," Tate said. "We got to play all four quarters with intensity." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier