Freshmen Battle To Tie In Season Opening Game
The young Cougars opened their season at Calaveras High School on Thursday night and came away with a 14 - 14 tie. After a quick, unproductive first quarter for both teams, Escalon opened the second quarter with a Jordan Gwartney one yard touchdown run. Roman Kualapai ran in the 2-point conversion, and the Cougars enjoyed an 8-0 lead.
Escalon scored quickly again in the second, set up by a Devin Roberson recovery of a Calaveras fumble. Carson Grogan hit Frank Leal on a 14yard touchdown pass, but the conversion failed leaving the Cougars with a 14-0 lead.
The ensuing kickoff saw a Calaveras returner scoop up the kick and race 78 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion made the half time score 14-8.
Escalon moved the ball well in the second half, but simple errors kept giving the ball back to Calaveras. The Redskins finally capitalized late in the fourth quarter scoring on a 5-yard run. The Cougars stuffed the PAT and preserved a 14-14 tie.
“It was a pretty good effort for our first game,” said coach Roger Beeman. “We needed to find out who we were – what we could and couldn’t do. They were bigger and faster than us, but we are a better team. We found lots of little things to fix, and we need to develop consistency, but this team should do really well.”
The next game for the freshmen will be at home, Thursday, Sept. 17 hosting Livingston.