After two momentum-building road wins, the Pitman High football team will have to resist the temptation of tackling someone since the Pride are off this week. Their next game won't be until Sept. 24, when they host Franklin High of Stockton at Joe Debely Stadium.
Forget all the cheering that occurred after dropping Downey High in the season opener. Forget all the jaws that fell to the ground after clobbering well-respected small school Oakdale High at the recently renovated Joe Debely Stadium in Week 2. And forget the 57-point spanking over Davis High the Bulldogs doled out just last week.
There was hope that Hilmar High quarterback Andrew Olson would be just fine after he had an ugly fall late in the Yellowjackets' game against Enochs High on Sept. 10, seeing that he was waving to his home crowd as he was being carried off on a stretcher.
Pitman High senior middle blocker Maci Murdock is a can't-miss presence anytime she's on the volleyball court. There are a number of reasons why.
A year ago the Turlock High Bulldogs were 0-10. This year, they're 3-0 after a 55-7 drubbing of Davis High on Friday night.
· Hilmar 267, Hughson 268
HILMAR - On Friday night, Hilmar High football's impressive streak of slaying bigger, stronger and faster teams was halted.
Attend any high school volleyball match and it's hard to deny the obvious: The sport revolves on team chemistry, with the girls often coming together for a quick group meeting after every play that usually involves the slapping of hands and words of encouragement.
· Pitman and Turlock at Del Campo Tournament
During the summer, Hilmar High football coach Frank Marques posted on the CIF Web site requesting teams to play during the Yellowjackets' preseason schedule. He had no agenda, no particular requests. In other words, he didn't want to discriminate against any teams.
SaturdayVolleyballJohansen High Tournament
· Denair 1, Ceres 1
· Pitman at Johansen, 3 p.m.
A week ago, the Turlock High football team had a major breakthrough by capturing its first win in two years in the season opener.
In an incredible comeback – and quite possibly the game of the week – the Hilmar Yellowjackets (2-0) came back from a 20 point deficit to win 21-20 over the Ceres Bulldogs (1-1).
· Hilmar at Gregori Invitational in Modesto
Pitman High entered Friday's home game against Downey High with a team characterized by its youth. With only two returning starters from last year's squad and the bulk of its roster comprised of juniors, the Pride knew that the Knights, back-to-back winners of the Modesto Metro Conference title, would be a difficult challenge to overcome in their season opener.
Turlock High began the 2014 football season the way every team hopes to -with a win. The Bulldogs traveled to Modesto to face Enochs High and came home with a tight 25-20 victory.
Denair's volleyball team has been through a rough patch the last three years, but 2014 is a whole new season.
Ty Pettigrew's girls golf squad has won three of the last four Valley Foothill League titles, and the Hilmar Lady Yellowjackets are looking to make it four out of five after the 2014 year concludes.
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