NEWMAN Frank Marques had understandable concerns.
A long junior varsity game coupled with Orestimba's field dedication ceremony to former coach Roger Pauletto left his Hilmar High football team waiting in the cold for an extended period of time on Friday night.
The delay had no effect on the Yellowjackets as they turned in an almost perfect half of football. Hilmar went into intermission with a commanding 42-point lead and enjoyed a running clock in the second half of a 49-7 victory over the Warriors.
"I was definitely a little worried," said Marques, whose team improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Trans-Valley League). "I thought we might get a little flat standing around for so long, but the kids never missed a beat.
"We fired on all cylinders in all three phases of the game from the opening kickoff."
The Hilmar defense forced a three-and-out to open the game and the Yellowjacket offense needed just four plays to score.
Bailey Gomes broke free for a 30-yard touchdown run and the rout was on.
Quarterback Jonathan O'Brien (5 of 6 passing, 144 yards, three total touchdowns) scored on a 4-yard keeper on the next series and then connected with Tyler Robinson (two catches for 67 yards) for a 42-yard TD strike on the next.
The defense which allowed just 2 yards of total offense in the first half and minus-23 rushing yards joined the scoring. Kenny Camden intercepted a pass on Orestimba's next possession and returned it 63 yards to make it 28-0.
O'Brien hit Gomes with a 20-yard TD pass and Kris Camden closed out the first-half scoring with a 3-yard TD run. The Hilmar first unit scored touchdowns on all five possessions, getting it done in just 19 plays before exiting the game early in the second quarter.
"You've got mixed feelings on the sideline, because they're honoring someone who was huge for their program, but at the same time, we just wanted to get after it," O'Brien said. "That was kind of the attitude all week. We just wanted to get after it, and I was happy to see we did just that, even with the wait."