HILMAR — The Hilmar High football team was not intimidated by Ripon High's undefeated record heading into Friday's Trans-Valley League opener.
The Yellowjackets, whom coach Frank Marques has dubbed one of his most talented teams, had an all-around performance in front of thousands of fans at their own football field and stomped all over Ripon with a 49-13 thrashing. Hilmar, now 4-1, gave the Indians (4-1) their first loss of the season.
Hilmar's final numbers weren't outstanding, with quarterback Andrew Olson throwing for less than 150 yards and no running backs finishing with more than 80 yards. But that's because everyone contributed.
Olson completed just 6 of 14 passes, but he collected 138 yards and threw two touchdowns to Ryan White and Garrett Jericoff, who caught a pass on a screen play and ran 72 yards for a 29-6 lead with 3 minutes, 7 seconds left in the second quarter. Jericoff also rushed 12 times for 80 yards and a 17-yard TD.
The Yellowjackets were ahead 35-6 at halftime.
Zack Giuliano and Jeremy Nickelsen added 7-yard and 19-yard TDs, respectively. Ryan White also had a 24-yard rushing score, while kicker Kurtis Bettencourt nailed a 31-yard field goal.
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