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Raptors win NYFL contest in double overtime
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The Ceres Raptors varsity youth football team overcame four turnovers and pulled out a 25-19 victory over the Weston Ranch Ravens in double overtime on Saturday at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School.

Juan Reyes accounted for the game-winning touchdown. He scored on a five-yard run up the middle on fourth down.

"He broke about six tackles and just willed himself into the end zone," head coach Tom Vasquez said. "He wasn't going to be denied."

Ceres improved to 2-0 on the year.

Weston Ranch dropped to 1-1 in the NYFL standings.

"I couldn't ask for more," Vasquez said while talking about his team's perfect start. "I'm happy for the kids. I'm happy for the organization. We're not the biggest team in the league but we're very athletic. We also have a lot of speed."

Ceres managed to win despite committing a handful of turnovers and competing without several key players. The Raptors racked up 350 yards of total offense.

The two teams traded scores in the first overtime.

Reyes' three-yard TD run and conversion made it a 19-12 game.

The Ravens evened the score, then turned the ball over in the second overtime.

Reyes and the Raptors quickly capitalized.

"It was an exciting game for the fans," Vasquez said. "It was back and forth. If we don't fumble, we don't go into overtime. We can't make mistakes like that against a good team."

Ceres battled back from a 6-0 halftime deficit.

Reyes had a one-yard rushing TD in the third quarter and Deontae King threw a 10-yard TD pass to Raul Godinez in the final stanza.

Godinez (free safety), Reyes (middle linebacker) and Harmon Chung (line) had standout games on defense.

Ceres will face the defending NYFL Super Bowl champion Modesto Raiders on Sunday at Modesto Christian High School. Kickoff slated for 8 p.m.

"We got to bring our A-game," Vasquez said.