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Turnovers cost Dawgs
Ceres High School's varsity football team moved the ball at will during Friday's non-conference meeting with host Downey.

"Statistically, we pretty much dominated the game," Bulldogs offensive coordinator John Bussard said. "We just had some every untimely mistakes."

Ceres High committed four turnovers, including two in the red zone, on its way to a 22-8 loss to the Knights.

The Bulldogs (1-2) were beaten despite racking up 308 yards of total offense against Downey (2-1).

Starting quarterback George Borden completed 4 of 12 passes for 84 yards and one interception.

Backup Nick Welsh finished 6-for-11 with 62 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He rushed for 53 yards on 10 carries.

Running back Zach Naylor totaled 163 yards, including 106 rushing. Steven Smith and Shannon Dinsdale paved the way on the ground.

Jr. Moniz caught three passes for 44 yards and one touchdown.

In desperate need of a spark on offense, Ceres High made a change at quarterback in the fourth quarter.

"He (Welsh) did a great job," Bussard said. "He brings a lot of athleticism to the table. He was able to give himself a little more time to look downfield."

Trailing 14-0, Welsh tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jr. Moniz. Moniz's miraculous reception in the end zone and Anthony Amirfar's two-point conversion cut the deficit to 14-8.

"He made a decent throw but that was an athletic catch," Bussard said.

Cers High had two potential, game-tying drives end in disaster during the final four minutes of play.

The Bulldogs turned the ball over at Downey's 1-yard line with 3:52 to play. The Knights recovered a bad snap.

Downey's Shane Gorman put the game out of reach with a 46-yard interception return TD at the 1:28 mark.

Ceres High had two drives stall inside Downey's 20-yard line while falling behind 7-0 in the opening half.

Borden threw an interception in the end zone.The Bulldogs also failed to score from the Knights' 3 on fourth down.

Ceres High will play at East Union (2-0) this Friday. The non-league game will get underway at 7:30 p.m.