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Visiting Hilmar Upends Freshman Cougars, 34-16
Chase Granis cradles the ball and keeps his eyes focused on the goal heading toward the end zone in Thursday night action against Hilmar. The freshmen, however, lost the game at home. Marg Jackson/The Times


The visiting Hilmar Yellowjackets handed Escalon’s freshman football team their second loss of the year, 34-16, on Thursday. Hilmar scored on two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and two passing touchdowns in the third quarter to take a commanding 27-0 lead halfway through the third.

“Well, it looks like we just can’t figure out Hilmar,” commented a frustrated Coach Roger Beeman. “We played better than we did against them two weeks ago, but they execute much better. Just the basics of blocking and tackling are still inconsistent for us.”

Escalon played a much better second half, putting up two fourth quarter scores. Jordan Gwartney scored on a 4-yard run, and Carson Grogan passed to Devin Roberson for a 2-point conversion. Later, Chase Granis scored on a 50-yard run, and Grogan found Alexis Jimenez for two more points. Hilmar added a 66-yard touchdown run to finish the scoring 34-16.

The youngest football Cougars now stand at 3-2-1. They finish their season Thursday, Oct. 29 at home hosting Ripon.