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Yellowjackets rough up Dawgs
Ceres High's and Hilmar's varsity football teams both lost during the first week of the season.

The Yellowjackets blew a three-touchdown lead en route to a 30-27 loss to Beyer.

The Bulldogs fell 28-7 at Ripon.

Ceres High had a so-so week of practice leading up to Friday's non-conference meeting with host Hilmar, which dominated from start to finish in posting a 37-0 win over the Bulldogs.

"It's a tough loss," Ceres High all-purpose player Nick Welsh said. "We just weren't prepared enough and it showed in the game. We got a lot of work to do."

Hilmar (1-1) fired on all cylinders last week, while the Bulldogs (0-2) struggled to find answers.

The Yellowjackets limited Ceres High to just 104 yards of total offense, including minus-34 yards rushing.

Bulldog quarterback Blake Hurst was sacked seven times.

Hilmar, which had dominant line play, allowed just six first downs and forced nine punts.

Yellowjacket QB Andrew Olson completed 5 of 7 passes for 110 yards with one touchdown to Kurtis Bettencourt (29 yards). He also had a 53-yard rushing TD.

Zack Giuliano and Jeremy Nickelsen scored on runs of 16 and 3 yards, respectively.

Ryan White returned a punt 49 yards for a score.

Bettencourt booted a 35-yard field goal and made four of five PATs.

"Everything went our way," Olson said.

Hilmar couldn't have written a better script in building a 37-0 lead in the first half. The Yellowjackets scored on six of their seven possessions.

With his team comfortably ahead, Olson watched from the sidelines during the second half.

"We knew what to do," said Welsh, who totaled 32 yards on three receptions. "We just didn't execute. They knew what they were supposed to do and did it. They were a good team. They never stopped hustling."

Ceres High's Zach Naylor (internal injuries), Ivan Raya (ankle) and Caden Johnson (wrist) did not play against Hilmar.

James Rice caught a team-high three passes for 77 yards while making his second straight start at receiver for the Bulldogs. Rice attended El Cerrito High School last year.

Ceres High will play host to Downey on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Knights routed the Central Valley Hawks 49-21 in Modesto last Friday.

The Bulldogs have lost 11 games in a row dating back to last season.

"Hopefully, we turn things around this week," Welsh said. "We're tired of having that feeling."