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Seahawks, Cowboys vie for city championships
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Leaders from the Ceres Seahawks and Cowboys youth football organizations established the Ceres City Championship series in 2009.

The Seahawks won three of four games, excluding the varsity contest.

"We hope it stays around forever, just like the high-school game," Seahawks President Javier Fregoso said while talking about the crosstown rivalry.

The 2010 games will be played this Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.

VARSITY

The Cowboys won the first meeting, 22-14.

The Seahawks want to exact revenge. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m.

"We're confident in what we have," Seahawks head coach Joe Borba said. "At the end of the game, I expect the scoreboard to read in our favor."

The Seahawks will be led by Miguel Hernandez (RB/LB), Zack Magana (QB/DB), Robert Gipson (TE/LB) and German Mendoza (OL/DL).

Pedro Arreola (FB/LB), one of Ceres' team leaders, has yet to fully recover from a shoulder injury sustained at practice four weeks ago. His playing status is questionable.

The Seahawks struggled to a 4-6 record during the regular season.

The Cowboys finished 7-4 and qualified for the playoffs.

"When it's a rivalry game, anything can happen," Cowboys head coach Shane Trousdale said. "Records don't matter. There's a lot of emotion. I think the game is going to be won or lost in the first half. We score 90 percent of our points in the first half. If it's close in the second half, I'm going to be nervous."

The Cowboys will rely heavily on Angelo Bermudez (QB/WR/RB/DB) and Phillip Dean (FB/DL). Eric Lane (FB/QB/TE/DE/LB), Kelly Love (WR/DB) and Fidel Gaitan (OL/DL/K) will also play key roles.

Bermudez and Dean combined to rush for more than 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Angelo and Kelly had seven interceptions apiece on defense.

"The kids are pretty amped up," Borba said. "It's going to be a battle. Obviously, we want to win. We don't want to end our season with a loss."

Added Trousdale: "It will be competitive."

JUNIOR VARSITY

The Seahawks defeated the Cowboys 31-14 last season.

"We want to avenge that loss," Cowboys head coach John Thompson said. "We look forward to the challenge. We need to play solid defense, limit our turnovers and execute our game plan."

The Cowboys (2-8) will be led by Tyress Pope (WR/DL/DB), Andrew Hensley (QB/DL) and Davion Gates (RB/WR/DB).

The Seahawks (3-8) nearly upset the top-seeded team in the first round of the Cen-Cal AFC playoffs.

"If we play like we did against Oakdale, we'll be hard to beat," Seahawks head coach Randy Flanagan said.

The Seahawks will be led by Jared Rice (RB/WR/DB), Robert Bagley (LB/QB/FB/TE), Adrian Badillo (LB/FB) and Cipriano Salazar (OL/DL).

Rice led the team in rushing yards and touchdowns. He weighs just 85 pounds.

"He's a tough runner," Flanagan said. "He has a lot of heart for being a little kid. Badillo is our best defensive player."

The Seahawks lost three games by one point this year.

The contest will get underway at 3 p.m.

NOVICE

Skye Scacutto (RB/DB), Coby Garrett (RB/LB), Stevie Barragan (WB/DB), Roman Magana (OL/DL), Adrian Knights (OL/DL/LB), Isaac Vizcaino (QB) and Caleb Aungst (LB/FB) will try to propel the Seahawks past the Cowboys for the second straight season.

The Seahawks (10-2, 7-0) won the inaugural showdown, 52-21.

The Cowboys (3-7) will be led by Orlando Leon (QB), Elan Espinoza (RB/LB/DB), Jamal Ofisa (LB/RB), Jaymee Hale (DL/OL/TE) and Jordan Demanuel (OL/DL).

Kickoff set for 1 p.m.

JUNIOR NOVICE

The Cowboys and Seahawks will face off at 11 a.m.

Led by Ethan Willform (QB/LB), Josiah Orozco (RB/DB), Ruben Valenzuela (OL/LB), Julian Rocha (TE/DB) and Fernando Iniguez (RB/DL), the Cowboys compiled a 6-4-1 record during the regular season.

The Seahawks enter the rivalry game with a 5-5 mark.

Bryce Gouker (QB), Raymond Lopez (TE/LB), Kyle Hendrix (RB/DB) and Josh Tidmarsh (OL/DL) were major contributors.

Fregoso co-founded the Seahawks organization in 2007.

"We measure our success on the kids moving forward," he said. "We have players at Ceres High, Central Valley, Johansen, Downey, Modesto High, Central Catholic and Pitman."