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Turlock mayor, El Dorado County supervisor make friendly football bet
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Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak hopes to keep on her Bulldogs gear as she faces off in a friendly bet with Oak Ridge County Supervisor John Hidahl (CHRISTOPHER CORREA/The Journal).

All eyes will be on tonight’s varsity football matchup between the Bulldogs of Turlock High and the Trojans of El Dorado High in the semifinal round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Among those who will be watching are Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak and El Dorado County Supervisor John Hidahl, who have agreed to a friendly bet stating that the individual whose home team loses must wear the jersey of the other team.

Both Bublak and Hidahl have connections to both the El Dorado and Turlock regions. Bublak was raised in the El Dorado area while Hidahl was born and raised in Ceres. Both spoke about the bet surrounding the highly anticipated game between the two programs.

“I grew up in El Dorado County and moved to Turlock 30 years ago,” said Bublak. “I thought this was a great opportunity to do something fun around this football game, as these two teams are part of my roots, but of course my bet is on the Bulldogs.”

Hidahl credits Bublak for the idea, stating that he was unaware of the connection each of them had to both regions before she gave him a call.

“I couldn’t believe when the Mayor reached out that we each share the same geographical history between the two counties,” Hidahl explained. “This makes this bet even more interesting, and I hope she’s ready to don the Trojan jersey.”

Tonight’s matchup will be the Bulldogs’ first semifinal appearance since the 2002 season. The game is expected to kickoff at 7 p.m. in El Dorado Hills. Tickets can be purchased at Oak Ridge High School tickets page through the GoFan website.