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Vikings edge Cowboys in season-opening rematch
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The South Stockton Vikings edged the Ceres Cowboys 22-20 in overtime for the Delta Youth Football League's Varsity Super Bowl crown in 2006.

The two teams faced off again for the much-anticipated 2007 season opener on Saturday at Ceres High School.

Ceres fell just short in its rematch against South Stockton, losing 6-0 in a thrilling defensive battle as points were at a premium.

"This game was just as good even though there wasn't as much scoring," Ceres assistant coach Erik Payne said. "Neither team dominated. There was a lot of hitting."

The Cowboys mustered just 113 yards of total offense against the Vikings, including 64 rushing and 49 passing.

Michael Luzinsky, Zach Naylor and Adrian Cornejo ran for 38, 28 and 17 yards, respectively.

Tyler Cook caught a 44-yard pass from Michael Welch.

"I think we should have done better offensively," Payne said. "The little things held us back."

Ceres had a host of contributors on defense.

Cook registered one-and-a-half sacks. He also forced and recovered a fumble.

Cornejo and Adam Hall both tallied one sack.

Jevare Williams collected half-a-sack.

Ceres limited South Stockton to just 74 yards of total offense. Doucet rumbled for 50 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

The Vikings scored on their first possession in the opening quarter. Doucet had a 21-yard rushing TD.

The Cowboys chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Their final two possessions resulted in an interception and turnover on downs.

"This is the first game, so I don't expect them to be perfect," Payne said. "We're going to work the kinks out."

Ceres will play against the North Stockton Ravens on Saturday at Chavez High School. The game will begin at 3 p.m.