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Hilmar football
Hilmar High QB Caden Bailey hands off to Logan Cardoso during the Yellowjackets’ “Midnight Madness” practice on Monday (Photo by AnnaMarie Silveira).

It may not feel at all like autumn, but practices for high school football teams began on Monday. The Hilmar Yellowjackets kicked things off with a practice that began at midnight. Turlock and Pitman, which will pursue the Central California Athletic League title, and Hilmar and Hughson, which will vie for the Trans-Valley League championship, kick off their respective campaigns on Aug. 18. Final scrimmages will be held Aug. 11-12 around the region. Be sure to watch for the Journal's special preseason issue, which will hit newsstands on Aug. 16.