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Youth football rivals clash
The Ceres Cowboys continued their dominance against the Ceres Seahawks.

The varsity youth football team captured the Ceres City Championship perpetual trophy for the second straight season with a 28-12 victory Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"It means a lot," said Cowboys running back/defensive back Kelly Love. "I'm thrilled. This is the most important game of the season. I hope it (the perpetual trophy) keeps being in our possession for a long time."

Love rushed for 78 yards and one touchdown on four carries for the Cowboys (8-4). He also had a 26-yard TD reception.

Quarterback Eric Lane tallied two touchdowns, including one rushing.

All-purpose player Angelo Bermudez totaled 71 yards and one TD.

Running back Miguel Hernandez scored twice for the Seahawks (4-7).

"We didn't execute on both sides of the ball," Seahawks head coach Joe Borba said. "That's the bottom line. They were the better team today."

The Cowboys took advantage of several Seahawk mistakes en route to building a 22-6 lead in the first half.

The Ceres Seahawks lost a fumble at the Cowboys' 31-yard line less than two minutes into the game.

The Seahawks allowed a touchdown on fourth down. Lane handed the ball off to Bermudez, who raced 67 yards.

The Seahawks' subsequent possession ended with a blocked punt.

Lane and Love accounted for the Cowboys' second touchdown.

Kelly caught a screen pass on fourth down, turned upfield and sprinted untouched into the end zone.

Love's next carry on offense resulted in a 58-yard touchdown.

Down 22-0, Hernandez broke loose for a 23-yard rushing TD.

Miguel recovered the ensuing onside kick at the Cowboys' 37-yard line.

The Cowboys' defense limited the Seahawks to minus-13 yards of offense during the critical possession.

Lane's 30-yard TD run on a broken play gave the Cowboys a 28-6 lead midway through the third quarter.

The Seahawks cut the deficit to 16 at the 9:25 mark of the fourth quarter when Hernandez scored on a 20-yard run.

One play earlier, Miguel had a 15-yard TD nullified because of a holding penalty.

"We knew it was a big game," Hernandez said. "We wanted to win really bad. The Cowboys just got the better side of us. It was an honor to play with great people like that. We have the two best teams in Ceres."

Bermudez, the Cowboys' best all-round player, was ejected from the game early in the second quarter.

"I made a bonehead move," said Angelo, who was assessed two unsportsmanlike penalties. "I should have kept my mouth shut and let my play do the talking. It was hard to watch. I wanted to help my team. They got the job done without me."

Bermudez did participate in the postgame celebration.

He dumped ice water on coach Shane Trousdale as time expired.