Final Play Falls Short For JV Football Cougars
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.
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.