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Saints, Cowboys have tough week
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Both the Ceres Saints and Ceres Cowboys varsity youth football teams encountered problems last week.

The Saints' varsity youth football team dropped to 0-3 in the DYSA standings following Saturday's 23-6 loss to the Brentwood West Patriots at Heritage High School.

"We'll turn things around," head coach Zak Muller said. "The kids are tired of losing. They'll start giving a better effort at practice."

Ceres quarterback Tony Cordova scored on a 45-yard bootleg in the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout.

Vince Martinez had 70 yards rushing on nine carries and a 45-yard reception.

Isaiah Maldonado caught two passes for 25 yards.

Adrian Vizcaino collected a team-high 11 tackles

Derrian Pea and Lorenzo Jimenez both tallied one sack.

The Saints made two goal-line stands on defense.

"The kids fought hard," Muller said. "We just got tired."

The winless Saints and Riverbank Trojans will face off at Ceres High School this Saturday. The contest will begin at 4 p.m.

Cowboys hurt by penalties

The Ceres Cowboys varsity youth football team had over 100 yards in penalties during its season-opening 16-0 loss to the Stockton Bengals in 103-degree weather on Saturday at Bear Creek High School.

"It's our first game," head coach Shane Trousdale said. "We'll be fine. I have a lot of faith in this group."

Raymond Camacho had 70 yards rushing for the Cowboys.

Ceres' Travis Love and Domingo Bermudez combined to go 6-for-8 while splitting time at quarterback.

Defensive end Eric Perez made multiple tackles.

"I thought we were the better team out there, defensively," Trousdale said. "As a group, they all did their jobs. Our offense was stagnate. We were going backwards more than forwards because of the penalties. It ruined our drives."

The Cowboys and Bengals were scoreless through three quarters.

Stockton put together a pair of TD drives in the closing 10 minutes.

"It would have been a different game without the penalties," Trousdale said.

The Cowboys junior-varsity squad lost 12-6 in overtime.

Ceres' novice team fell 39-6 to the Bengals.