Fi­nal Play Falls Short For JV Football Cougars

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

On film, it looks like Mark DeHaven crossed the line and got in for a 2-point con­ver­sion.

In real time, on Fri­day night, the of­fi­cials ruled he was stopped short and the vis­it­ing Calav­eras Red­skins JV football team walked off with a 15-13 win.

“We had some chances to put the game away ear­lier,” Escalon JV coach An­drew Beam said, not­ing that it shouldn’t have come down to the fi­nal play of the con­test to try and get a tie.

Escalon hosted Calav­eras in the Fri­day night game at En­gel Field, and the teams were score­less through the first quar­ter. Escalon took the lead in the sec­ond, on a Steven Grossi 30-yard touch­down pass to Tan­ner McCrary. Com­ing on to add the ex­tra point was Ro­drigo DeMelo.

Calav­eras tied the score in the third and the teams headed into the fi­nal frame knot­ted up at 7-7. The visi­tors went ahead on a touch­down and 2-point con­ver­sion to lead 15-7 and the Cougars re­sponded with a drive to try and get the game tied at the end.

“Mark DeHaven scored from about three yards out,” Beam said of the scor­ing drive.

The JV boys lined up for the 2-point at­tempt but, ac­cord­ing to the rul­ing on the field, were stopped short. Calav­eras had one fi­nal snap af­ter the kick­off but took a knee, with time ex­pir­ing.

“We could never sus­tain a drive,” Beam ex­plained. “We missed some big passes, some big plays but these are things we can fix.”

De­fen­sively, Beam said he was pleased with the ef­forts of Rex Rob­bins, Luc­ciano Du­tra and Cuyler Craw­ford while of­fen­sive stand­outs for the game were Tan­ner McCrary and Paul Ayala on the line.

Beam said though it was dis­ap­point­ing to take the loss on a fi­nal play, it was more the missed chances ear­lier that cre­ated the ‘must score’ sit­u­a­tion at the end.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

JV player Rex Rob­bins, 21, takes a look at the

field in front of him, ready to shoot through the Calav­eras de­fense

on Fri­day night.

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