High School Football

Attitudes have changed at Ceres High as Bulldogs look to turn program around.

If there is one thing Ceres coach Matt Chachere said he has seen during the summer football period from his senior class, it’s a sense of urgency.

“They haven’t ever had a winning season so it’s hard for them to envision what it feels like to be a winner,” Chachere said. “It is finally clicking in their heads that if they want to win, they have to work hard. Some of our quiet guys have started to be vocal leaders.”

Chachere said the two things his team worked heavily on during the offseason were getting stronger in the weight room and faster on the field.

The coaches put the team on a weight training program where the players could track their progress. The team also lifts as a team and Chachere said there has been plenty of “excitement” in the weight room.

On the field, the Bulldogs worked on making cuts and change of direction.

A couple of the seniors who will try to turn a program that went 1-9 last year and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004 are senior wide receiver Fernando Sousa and senior offensive lineman Joshua Ofisa.

Sousa lines up in the slot position and is involved in fly sweeps and screens while Ofisa was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2018.

Senior Matthew Aveytia and sophomore Bryce Piatt are the two battling for the starting quarterback position.


School: Ceres

Record: 1-9, 1-6 in Western Athletic Conference

Players to Watch: Senior wide receiver Fernando Sosa, Senior offensive lineman Joshua Ofisa, senior offensive lineman Diego Fernandez

Biggest Game: Sept. 20 vs Lathrop

Something special about school: Working on creating different promotions and specialty food items for each game.

Playoff appearances last five years: None all five years

Season Schedule:


23Central Valley7 p.m.
30at Lodi7:15 p.m.

6Bye Week

13West7 p.m.
20Lathrop7 p.m.
27at Beyer7 p.m.

4at Johansen7 p.m.
18at Los Banos7 p.m.
25Mountain House7 p.m.

1Davis7 p.m.
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Julian A. Lopez has been covering local sports for The Modesto Bee since August 2018. He graduated from Arizona State in 2016 with a BA in Journalism.