Jarek Hilgers heard three different totals, but he didn’t seem to care anyway.
After last Friday’s game, Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds was told Hilgers broke the school record of 277 yards rushing so the coach congratulated his senior tailback.
Then after some recalculating it appears he came up short at 272.
“We were at Native (New Yorker) having fun after the win (over Saguaro),” Hilgers said. “It didn’t really matter. We won and that’s all that matters.”
Hilgers has 58 carries for 569 yards with 10 touchdowns despite missing a game and having more than 10 carries in a game just twice this season.
Overall, the Thunder ran for 365 yards as the offensive line was 100 percent healthy for the first time all year.
“They looked great and did what we expected from the start of the year,” Hinds said. “We are 100 percent healthy and we think we can run the ball on anyone when those guys are at their best.”
Making an impact
Mountain Pointe senior wide receiver/tight end Thair Blakes is an imposing figure in a football uniform at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds.
And now he is starting to play like it.
“He has really come on lately,” Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said. “He is getting down field and making big plays.”
On the season, he has seven catches for 97 yards, but more importantly his presence in the seam opens things up for Jalen Brown on the outside and Garette Craig underneath.
“If the defense has to pay attention to me then Jalen can do his thing,” Blakes said. “They are looking to me more and I’m glad I can help.”
Color him impressed
Desert Vista led Saguaro by the score of 35-7 but never got a chance to completely sub-out its starters because the Sabercats kept coming offensively and closed within 42-28 before the Thunder won 56-35.
“They have a great offense and do a great of getting their players in one-on-one situations they can win,” Hinds said.
Hilgers missed the Westwood game a few weeks ago after getting 12 staples in his head.
He had a similar incident as a sophomore when he had a cut on the top of his head because of a hit.
“I’d been through it before but it didn’t make it easier to miss that game,” he said.
In his first game back, he used Super Glue to put extra padding in his helmet but went without the extra padding in the Saguaro game.
“It got in my hair and I didn’t want to go that again,” Hilgers said. “I’m all right now so I won’t be using that Super Glue anymore.”
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