It’s early on but the Hilmar High Yellowjackets varsity football team looked solid after their Week two 41-9 victory over Los Banos on the road.
Isaac Sharp finished with four touchdowns for Hilmar while the Yellowjackets tallied five scores in the first half alone to take a 34-3 lead and they never looked back.
“I didn’t personally expect the four touchdowns, but in the first quarter I had a fumble, got ran over, it was bad for me then it started to work out for me and I was happy with that,” said Sharp.
This was also the first time since 1956 that both teams squared off.
Both were coming off Week 1 victories and hoping to carry their momentum into Week 2.
“So it was a very good game and effort, a little sloppy on offense but overall a good game,” said Hilmar head coach Frank Marques.”
The Yellowjackets are now off to a 2-0 start and they have outscored their first two opponents by a combined score of 89-16.
Coach Marques says that they picked up where they left off in last year’s state playoff game against the eventual state champions in Strathmore.
Since then, they have just been progressing.
“I think the momentum is the kids playing their game and believing in themselves and I think they are carrying the momentum from last year to this year and it’s a pretty good feeling since we are playing well,” said Marques.
Despite the lopsided score, Friday’s game was far from perfect.
Hilmar turned the ball over on several occasions and saw multiple mishandled snaps and fumbles as well.
The Yellowjacket defense stepped up, however, and didn’t make anything easy for Los Banos.
LB had just 115 yards of total offense in the first half, 116 from passing.
Hilmar’s Sharp had a fumble as well, but he recovered from that early fumble.
Sharp had an 85-yard kickoff return for the first score of the quarter and by then, a Bryan Millan and Ryan Teixeira touchdown had the score at 20-3 after a missed extra point by Hilmar and less than 11 remaining till halftime.
Sharp scored again before the first half ended from 14 yards out to make it 27-3 then he scored again on the next possession after Treven Crowley tossed him a screen pass play to make it 34-3 at the half.
Sharp then sealed the deal with a 50-yard touchdown run on a one play possession for Hilmar to start off the third with 9:45 left and a 41-3 to that point.
LB scored a touchdown but Hilmar continued to press as they tallied over five sacks for the game on the defensive side.
“It took a while to wait for the blocks to develop, then after second and third quarter it came to me. Now we go into the mentality of going to work every week and we will now prepare for Gustine, it’s a revenge game since we lost last year,” said Sharp.
Hilmar will next take on Gustine High, a team that beat them last year, at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday.