LOS BANOS — The first half was all about the passing game, but after the break it was all James Sams for Los Banos High in a 45-0 win over Ceres Friday in Los Banos.
Sams, who had 44 yards at halftime, took advantage of a spread out Ceres defense in the second half to finish with 195 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 19 carries. Meanwhile, Tigers quarterback Chris Corpuz threw three touchdowns of his own -- one to Sams and two to receiver Daeton West -- all in the first half of his 7-of-10, 154-yard night.
Defensively, Los Banos notched its first shutout since a 43-0 win, also over Ceres, in early October of 2010.
"We were really hyped about it. It's been two years since we had a shutout," said defensive end Nathan Vander Poel, who earned a pair of sacks. "It's a great feeling, and it's very good for the defense going into Patterson next week knowing we can close down the run and pass."
West finished with five catches for 114 yards and two scores, and added an interception on the other side of the ball with a 57-yard return that set up Sams' touchdown catch just before the half.
Ceres managed just 25 yards on the ground, and quarterbacks Blake Hurst and Devon Ruger combined for 97 yards.
"Yeah, it'd be nice to score, we only scored 7 last week against Central Catholic," Ceres coach Bret Durossette said. "Los Banos is a good football team. They have a lot of tradition going, great athletes, and they're well-coached with Caropreso and the guys helping him."
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