Hilmar High’s varsity football team dominated the visiting Pacific Grove squad on Friday night in their homecoming game.
None of the distractions fazed head coach Frank Marques’s Yellowjacket team who came out ready to hit the opposition at full strength.
Daniel Teixeira (112) and Joshua Lee Jennings (102) each rushed for over 100 yards for the ‘Jackets and the defense held PG to under 160 yards of total offense, crushing their opponents at home with a final of 47-8.
“The big thing was maturity. Could we bounce back after that close loss to Sonora? I think that mattered; we fired on all cylinders tonight, offense and defense,” said Marques.
“We came out ready to go and we didn’t want to lose,” said Jennings. “We don’t want to lose to a team that we know we can beat, like what happened against Sonora. We did not want that to happen again so we came out guns blazing ready to do work.”
There was no stopping the ‘Jackets on Friday night with their explosive offense, despite two turnovers.
The defense was the anchor that made it tough for the visiting Breakers to get any momentum going on offense.
Hilmar controlled both sides of the ball after the linemen made it extremely difficult to get to quarterback Teixeira and also assisted in the team’s 533 total yards of offense.
“The linemen they are my heroes today,” said Jennings. “All I know is that I can’t do anything without them. The one person I can give credit to is not possible, I give credit to the whole line since I can’t do it alone, they are a big contribution.”
In their first three drives, Hilmar could not be stopped by the Breakers, amassing scoring drives in all three, taking a 20-0 lead heading into the half.
Hilmar held the Breakers to only 36 total yards of offense in the first half, tallying 236 of their own.
“Tonight was all about keeping our heads in the game, thinking the score was 0-0. I think we stayed with our assignments and we just missed on one play,” said Teixeira.
Hilmar forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to start the third quarter and notched a touchdown with 10:23 on the clock after Teixeira found his way up the middle, taking a 26-0 lead at that point.
Then in just one play, PG tallied their only touchdown of the game after allowing a 69-yard grab from Noah Cryns.
“It was bound to happen. They have an explosive offense and a good team. Just had to stay positive and the defense played very well,” said Marques.
The Hilmar defense allowed only 55 total yards for the remainder of the game as the ‘Jackets outscored PG, 27-8 in the second half.
Teixeira tossed 113 yards in the air and was 11-for-17 with a touchdown and a grab. He also carried the ball nine times for 112 yards with two touchdowns on the ground.
“Everyone was great today. The receivers called audibles. Our wide outs saw some things and our running backs did great too. Our blocking was amazing and a total team effort. This was a team win,” added Teixeira.
Jennings carried the ball nine times for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Hilmar begins league play in their next contest as they will host Ripon at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9.
“We are very confident after this. We got a great group of kids and we can’t wait for league to start, we are ready,” Marques added.