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Thrilling debut for Seahawks
The Ceres Seahawks varsity youth football team's game-winning drive covered 65 yards.

Michael Monds, Adrian Knittel, German Mendoza, Ramon Coral, Zack Twitt and Joseph Montalvo provided the blocking.

Zack Magana connected with Robert Gipson for 27 yards on a third-and-long pass play.

Miguel Hernandez totaled 21 yards on his final two carries.

Pedro Arreola evened the score when he hammered his way in to the end zone from the 3-yard line, and Magana added the go-ahead extra point as the Seahawks opened the 2010 season with a thrilling 20-19 victory over the Los Banos Wildcats on Saturday at Central Valley High School.

"It's a big momentum builder for our team," Ceres head coach Joe Borba said. "Our kids showed a lot of heart and determination."

Hernandez, Arreola and Magana led the way on offense.

Miguel carried the ball 15 times for 85 yards.

Pedro rushed for 27 yards and two touchdowns on nine attempts.

Magana gained 39 yards and scored once on six carries.

"Our offense played great when we had the ball," Borba said. "We converted when we needed it. Our defense tightened up in the second half. It was good to start the season with a win."

Ceres and Los Banos battled to a 13-13 tie in the opening half.

Arreola's 1-yard TD plunge cut the deficit to 7-6 with 17 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Magana scored on a 1-yard QB keeper and added the extra point at the 1:41 mark of the second quarter.

Los Banos grabbed a 19-13 lead in the third quarter.

Ceres scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with less than two-and-a-half minutes to play in the game. Magana's 27-yard completion to Gipson came right after a long pass play was called back due to a penalty.

"Our line dominated," Borba said. "They're going to be the reason why we have success this year."

Los Banos' final possession ended with a turnover on downs at Ceres' 30-yard line. The Wildcats' hail-mary pass deflected off the hands of a receiver and fell incomplete.

The Seahawks' defense struggled earlier in the game. Ceres committed two pass-interference penalties during Los Banos' opening scoring drive.

"We played a lot better in the second half," Borba said.

Mendoza recovered a fumble, and Coral and Montalvo combined for a sack in the fourth quarter.

The Seahawks will face the defending AFC champion Waterford Sabercats this Saturday at Waterford High School. The contest will begin at 7 p.m.

"We have a good group of kids," Borba said. "They're going to get better every week."