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Waterdawgs improve to 6-1 in league
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The last time the Ceres High boys water polo team faced Johansen, the Bulldogs stole a pass in the closing seconds, scored a game-tying goal and held on for a 15-11 victory in overtime on Sept. 14 in Modesto.

On Thursday, Ceres played host to Johansen.

And for the second time this season, the Bulldogs came out on top as they defeated the Vikings 17-9.

"I've been real pleased with their play," said Ceres coach Sonja Raynes, whose team improved to 6-1 in the Modesto Metro Conference. "They're working hard. They're playing team ball.

"There's nothing to complain about."

Added Ceres senior player Eric Scudder: "Our team's getting a lot better. Beyer better watch out."

The Bulldogs had a host of contributors.

Goalie Justen Harper had 12 saves and two assists.

Joey Rossi had seven goals, four steals and two assists.

Eric Scudder had five goals and three assists.

Mike Polovin had three goals, five assists and three steals.

Kyle Fliflet had one goal and three steals.

Markus Richter had one goal.

Tyler Kelly scored a team-high four goals, Brad Fuller scored twice and E.J. Bryant, Victor Dunas and Matt Webb each had one goal for the Vikings, who fell to 4-3 in the MMC.

Ceres took control of the game in the fourth quarter, outscoring Johansen 7-2.

Rossi had three goals. Scudder and Polovin each had two goals for the Bulldogs, who led 10-7 at the end of the third quarter.

"I think they gave up," Scudder said.

The Bulldogs outscored the Vikings 4-3 in the first quarter, and led 8-5 at intermission.

Scudder had three goals and Fliflet had one goal in the first quarter.

Dawgs top Panthers

Ceres defeated Modesto High 15-9 in Modesto on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Rossi scored a team-high six goals, Scudder and Richter had five and three goals apiece, and Polovin added one goal for the Bulldogs.

"We pretty much led the whole time," Raynes said.

Daniel Chin had a team-high five goals and Nick Howell, Phillip Banuelos, Riley Mills and Lance Casey each scored one goal for the Panthers.

The Bulldogs led 7-2 at halftime.

Scudder and Rossi had three and two goals, respectively, in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Rossi and Richter each had one goal.

Ceres outscored the Panthers 8-7 in the second half. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier