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Raptors shut out 27-0 by Panthers
All three of Ceres' varsity youth football teams lost last week.

The Ceres Raptors suffered a 27-0 loss against the Central Valley Panthers on Saturday at Prescott Jr. High.

"I've never been so frustrated in all of my life," Ceres head coach Tom Vasquez said. "I thought we were going to win coming into the game. We were limited in what we could do because of injuries."

The Raptors (0-2) lost starting quarterback Jehu Herrate and backup Elijah Martinez during the first two offensive plays of the NYFL game.

Herrate hurt his chest.

Martinez got his hand stepped on.

"We played with just 11 players for most of the game," Vasquez said. "It was tough because everybody was out of position. We had to scramble our lineup."

Humberto Magana, Ceres' center, sustained a hand injury in the third quarter.

The Raptors and Panthers (2-0) both used just 10 players in the fourth quarter.

Ceres struggled to generate offense during the course of the game. The Raptors totaled just 30 yards.

"Nobody knew what was going on," Vasquez said. "We were in total disarray."

Tyree Williams, Ceres' best player, did not play against the Panthers.

Williams dislocated and cracked his wrist in the Raptors' 20-14 loss to the Central Valley 49ers the previous week.

"He'll be out for one more game," Vasquez said.

Ceres will compete against the host Patterson Redskins at the Patterson Community Stadium on Saturday.

Huskies 40, Cardinals 0

The Ceres Cardinals varsity youth football team played its first-ever game last week.

The Cardinals dropped their TVYFL opener, 40-0, to the Hughson Huskies on Saturday at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School.

"It gives us a starting point," Ceres head coach Korby Dalton said. "Our conditioning needs to get a lot better. We'll be a lot more prepared and focused next week."

The Cardinals fell behind 33-0 in the first half.

The two teams agreed to use a running clock after intermission.

Ceres suited up just 14 players for the game. The Cardinals were forced to compete with just one substitute after losing one player to injury and another to illness.

"It's our first year," Dalton said. "They're an established team. They had a lot more stamina because they had more players. Our kids hung in there. They played hard until the end."

Ceres' Angelo Rico intercepted a pass on defense.

The Cardinals' novice squad won, 26-7. The Cardinals' junior-varsity team lost, 27-0.

Ceres will play against the Keyes Bees this Saturday at 3 p.m. The contest will be held at Spratling Middle School.