The Chester Volcanoes kept their undefeated streak going Friday, Sept. 28, as they beat the Colusa RedHawks 51-13 at Chester High School.
The game was met with somber attitudes, as Colusa’s players were grieving the loss of one of their fellow students. The previous Friday, Sept. 22, Colusa High School student Jordan Hillis was killed in a car accident while traveling to watch Colusa’s football team play.
Though Chester hosted the game against Colusa, respect and condolences were given to Hillis. Both teams lined up at the 50-yard line before the game and had a moment of silence for Hillis.
At the end of the game, everyone in attendance was invited to mid-field to pray for Hillis and his family. Parents, teachers, students and friends of Hillis all came onto the field.
“It was a tough night for Colusa,” said Chester’s coach Terry Hernandez. “We didn’t know if they were going to come out pumped up or not, because I’m sure it had been a long week for everyone at that school.”
The game began and Chester got an early lead, scoring five touchdowns in the first half. Colusa scored one touchdown in the second quarter and one in the third. Chester finished the second half scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter and a field goal in the fourth.
Hernandez credited the team’s success to its speed. He also praised players’ distribution of talent.
“We’re a balanced team,” said Hernandez. “We don’t depend on just one player. Everyone is playing well and different players are stepping up.”
Colin Houlihan played exceptionally well. Houlihan scored three touchdowns and rushed a total of 139 yards.
“Houlihan had a big night,” said Hernandez. “Colusa’s defense didn’t really adjust to what we were doing. We just kept feeding Houlihan the ball and he kept running.”
David Estacio performed notably as well. Estacio rushed 121 yards and scored a touchdown. Rocklin Loranger scored two touchdowns and Hunter Morris scored one.
Chester will travel to Biggs on Friday, Oct. 5, to take on the Wolverines. Biggs is currently 3-2. The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game immediately follows.
In another game of note from last weekend, the Greenville Indians squeaked by the Mercy Warriors to pull out a victory of 30-28.
Greenville 30, Mercy 28
The Indians improved to a 3-2 record by beating Mercy 30-28 in a day game Saturday, Sept. 29.
Brandon Meza led the team with three touchdowns. James Martinez also scored a touchdown. Meza rushed for 106 yards.
Greenville will host Excel Christian School from Sparks on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m