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Shutout Loss For Freshmen In Thursday Home Action
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Moving in to try and make the tackle, freshman player Bryan Hale instead found himself on the receiving end of a jump-kick by the Hilmar ball carrier on Thursday; the Yellowjacket attempting to leap over Hale to continue making progress up the field. Marg Jackson/The Times

Back on the home field for their second game of the season, this week’s didn’t go as hoped for the Escalon freshman football team. They fell to Hilmar by a 27-0 final.

“We played a good Hilmar team, and they made us look bad,” commented Coach Roger Beeman. “They got on us pretty good in the first quarter. Two passing touchdowns, and we were down 13-0 before we had even gained a first down.”

After the two quick scores by the visiting Yellowjackets, Beeman said his team had to find a way to regroup.

“It took us the next two and a half quarters to bounce back and get a little control of the game, but by then we were pretty much out of time,” the coach admitted.

Hilmar tacked on two more scores late in the fourth quarter for a 27-0 win.

“Not a whole lot of highlights in a shutout,” continued Beeman. “They outplayed us in every aspect of the game. Our guys got frustrated, and we lost our fundamentals and abandoned our assignments.”

The freshmen will have time to get back to basics this week, focusing on those assignments and preparing for their next contest.

“We have some work to do, but this is a very good team,” Beeman said. “They'll get it figured out. Losing can be a great motivator improvement.”

The young Cougars have a bye scheduled for this week before traveling to Patterson next Thursday, Sept. 22 during Escalon’s Homecoming Week.