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Hilmar QB suffers season-ending injury
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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.

Well, he was not fine.

It turned out that Olson, a junior, suffered a compound fracture in his left wrist after breaking away for a 40-yard rush and getting tackled down the right sideline with about nine minutes left in the 40-12 loss to the Eagles. He is out for the season, marking the third year in a row that the Yellowjackets (2-1) have lost their starting QB to an injury.

His replacements are senior Isaac Diaz and junior Jonathan O’Brien. The duo will appear in a two-man rotation at quarterback starting in Friday’s big-time matchup at Buhach Colony High (2-0), which is the Yellowjackets’ third Division I opponent this preseason.

“It’s tough,” coach Frank Marques said about losing Olson, “but we’ve been here before. Last year, we lost our quarterback. This is nothing new. We just got to rally behind the rest of the team and these two guys (Diaz and O’Brien).”

Olson filled in for then-senior QB Quinton McCown after he broke his collarbone in the third-to-last game of 2009.

In last week’s game against Enochs, Olson was 8-for-19 for 108 yards before he broke free on a 40-yard dash. He then fell awkwardly, ending his season.

Marques said Olson will have surgery next week.