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Pitman, Turlock ready to break Harvest Bowl tie

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As the Sac-Joaquin Section heads into its final week of high school football, Denair is looking to end the season on a positive note while the crosstown rivalry between Turlock and Pitman heats up ahead of the first Harvest Bowl to take place in the spring. 

The Bulldogs (4-0) continued their undefeated season last Friday night with a 35-13 victory over Gregori, which head coach James Peterson said was a tougher game than the scoreboard showed. Turlock tallied 355 total offensive yards during the game, while Gregori was right behind them with 338.

“Defensively, we gave up quite a few yards but were able to keep them off the board. It felt like a tougher game than what we were used to this season,” Peterson said. “The offense came out and did their thing and put the points up we needed to win the game.”

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Turlock football continues dominance in historic Modesto rivalry

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The Turlock High varsity football team defeated longtime rival Modesto High on Friday night in a blowout victory, 74-13.

The Week 2 matchup between the Bulldogs and the Panthers was the 122nd time the two Central California Athletic League competitors have faced off on the gridiron — a rivalry which was renewed in 2018. 

Both Turlock and Modesto were charter members of the California Central Conference back in 1957 and played against each other until the 2003 season, when the following year it was announced that Modesto would join other schools in its city to form the Modesto Metro Conference. With the 2018 season’s Sac-Joaquin Section realignment, the former rivals were reunited in the CCAL.

Since then, the Bulldogs have outscored the Panthers 157-26 in league play. On Friday, Turlock led 62-7 by halftime. 

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Bulldogs bulldoze Knights in season opener

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The Turlock High School Bulldogs made their highly-anticipated return to Joe Debely Stadium Friday night, kicking off the shortened COVID season with a dominant 56-24 victory over Downey High School.  

“The biggest thing is the heart. The guys came together as a unit and they rebounded as a unit,” head coach James Peterson said. “They’ve been through a lot of adversity…morale has been down and guys were looking at me just beat up, but tonight was so uplifting and we saw a lot of smiles on faces. 

“I know they’re happy about the ‘W’ but it’s really about the hard work they’ve been putting in.”

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209 Seahawks open season with 12-7 loss

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The Ceres-based 209 Seahawks Football Club’s newly-formed 10-and-under team competed for the first time this past weekend.

The 209 Seahawks lost 12-7 to the host Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

“I wasn’t expecting us to play as well as we did knowing this group of kids haven’t played a game in a year and a half,” head coach Jose Ortiz said. “They went above and beyond my expectations. The most enjoyable part was watching them have fun.”

Sean Nunez accounted for the 209 Seahawks’ lone touchdown.

He returned a fumble, which was forced by Elias Harris, for a TD.

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Seahawks compile 1-1 record

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The 209 Seahawks Football Club had one team compete at an undisclosed location in Northern California this past month. The 14-and-under squad won one of its two games.

Ceres earned a hard-fought 14-6 win over the Bay Area 300 Legacy on Jan. 24. Jeremiah Stine accounted for both of the Seahawks’ touchdowns. He had rushing TDs of 70 and 10 yards. Ceres lost 12-6 to the Sacramento Raiders on Jan. 23.

Stine scored a rushing touchdown in the first half for the Seahawks.

“Travel ball is a lot different,” said Willie Solorio, club founder, who also doubles as president of the non-affiliated Ceres Seahawks Youth Football & Cheer Organization. “The competition is way better.”

The 209 Seahawks Football Club is fielding a total of four teams during its inaugural season, including 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under and 17-and-under.

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Joseph Bello’s Second Act | A Turlock Journal Mini-Doc

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It's been seven years since the 2013 Hilmar High varsity football team lost its bid for a Sac Joaquin Section Division IV Championship, ending the season for one of the more memorable teams in Hilmar High history.

But for all their on-field success, the '13 Hilmar squad is often remembered for the tragic circumstances that befell defensive captain Joseph Bello just two months after his final game as a Yellowjacket. With a combination of archival footage from Bello's senior year and exclusive interviews, this Mini-Doc explores his journey from a captain on the football field to a leader within the wheelchair community.

Directed/Narrated/Edited By: Frankie Tovar With Help From: Angelina Martin Special Thanks To: Joseph Bello, Frank Marques and the SCI Active Network

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Seahawks compete in Fresno

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Unable to compete in Nevada and Utah due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ceres Seahawks played in a tournament in California this past weekend.

“We were running out of options,” said Willie Solorio, president of the youth football and cheer organization. “Fresno was the last resort.”

The 13-and-under Seahawks 209 squad compiled a 1-1 record at the Turkey Bowl , staged Nov. 28-29, at Granite Park in Fresno.

Ceres edged the Santa Maria Rebels, 14-12, on Sunday.

The Seahawks lost 14-8 to the South Bay Cougars on Saturday.

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Cal Football: Healthy Will Craig Solidifies Starting Offensive Line

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Cal came out of its abbreviated spring workouts with basically four of five offensive line positions set.

Now, it appears, all five starters are pretty well established.

Sophomore Will Craig was listed as the No. 2 left tackle on the post-spring depth chart, but that may have been more a function of him battling back from a season-ending foot injury that limited him to a single game last fall.

Versatile senior Valentino Daltoso was penciled in as the No. 1 left tackle after spring ball, but Craig has come on strong, as expected.

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Local high school football player stays game ready after CIF announces sports delays

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) – With the news that California Interscholastic Federation sports will be delayed and not canceled, student-athletes are gearing up for their chance to play again.

It’s the work Josiah Gonzales invests on and off the football field that he said has helped lead his team to victory.

“I thought this was going to be a perfect year for us, just how we were as a team, with the new quarterback that leads us,” Josiah told FOX40.

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High schools nationwide ask athletes to sign coronavirus waivers in case they die

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High schools across America have a message for parents: If your kid gets sick and/or dies from coronavirus contracted during a voluntary extracurricular activity, you can’t sue us.

Several high schools, from California to Florida to Minnesota, have asked parents to sign liability waivers for kids starting summer activities.

In some places those activities, including everything from football two-a-days to band camp, have started as scheduled despite the increasing spread of coronavirus throughout much of the United States.

The waivers do not apply to fall classes. Districts have stressed this point, as the documents, which are still quite callous, have panicked parents.

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