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Struggles continue for varsity Bulldogs
Ceres High School's varsity football team enjoyed a promising start to the 2010 season, beating the Ripon Indians 22-15 on Aug. 27.

The injury-riddled Bulldogs lost their sixth straight contest Friday night, 47-0 to visiting Central Catholic.

"We're missing some key players," Ceres High quarterback Nick Welsh said. "We'll bounce back."

The Bulldogs (1-6, 0-2) played their third consecutive game without linebacker/running back Hadon Lopez (foot injury).

Ivan Raya (running back/defensive back), Anthony Amirfar (fullback/linebacker) and Matt Cardelli (wide receiver/defensive back), three other key Bulldog players, were also sidelined this past week due to injuries.

Ceres High could have used their help.

The Raiders (5-2, 2-0) had six times as much offensive yardage (537-82) as the Bulldogs.

Ceres High quarterback Nick Welsh was involved in 34 of his team's 48 plays. He completed just 3 of 12 passes for 21 yards. He rushed for a team-high 38 yards on 22 carries. Welsh played with an injured shoulder.

"Unless it's life-threatening or major, there's no reason to sit out," Nick said. "I've never been like that."

Bulldog running back Zach Naylor gained 33 yards on 10 attempts. He registered eight tackles while playing linebacker. Zach went to the hospital after the game with a right side injury and could miss the rest of the season.

Central Catholic quarterback Chris Sauls completed 9 of 13 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

The Raiders piled up 305 rushing yards.

Sterling Shaw, formerly of crosstown rival Central Valley High School, ran for 60 yards and one touchdown.

Kyle Martinez and Andrew Betschart, two other former Hawks, also contributed.

Martinez and Betschart both made six tackles.

Ceres High trailed 33-0 at halftime

The Bulldogs have punted 14 times and been outscored 90-0 in two league games.

"It's all execution," Welsh said. "All you can do is work harder."

Ceres High will play host to Livingston (5-2, 1-1) this Friday at 7:30 p.m.