Win­ning Week­end On The Grid­iron For Out­laws

Escalon Times - - NEWS - By MARK VA­LEN­CIA Spe­cial To The Times

Escalon’s youth foot­ball var­sity Out­laws were home again on Satur­day, Sept. 9 to host the Hugh­son Huskies and try to ex­tend their win­ning streak to three games. Escalon has been build­ing on the mo­men­tum of two pre­vi­ous wins at En­gel Field. Hugh­son was look­ing to im­prove their record to 2-2, while Escalon had a chance to im­prove to 3-1 with a piece of the sea­son lead on the line.

Hugh­son re­ceived the open­ing kick-off and on the first play from scrim­mage, the Huskies struck. Hugh­son took ad­van­tage of an early blitz, ex­ploit­ing a hole on the de­fen­sive right. The Hugh­son run­ning back raced 70 yards to the end zone. The point af­ter kick was missed giv­ing the Huskies a very early 6-0 lead. The Out­laws of­fense strug­gled to gain any trac­tion punt­ing on all three of their early pos­ses­sions.

The mo­men­tum would swing over to the Escalon side­line at the end of the first quar­ter. The shift started with a de­fen­sive tri­fecta by Gar­ri­son Ger­ber. Ger­ber would sack the Husky quar­ter­back, strip the ball, caus­ing a fum­ble and re­cover the ball giv­ing Escalon pos­ses­sion. It would be one more pos­ses­sion be­fore the Out­laws took the ball steadily down the field. The ground as­sault from Chris­tian Tinoco, EJ Lewis and JP Lial would prove to be too much for the Hugh­son de­fense. The of­fen­sive line of Nathan Chavez, Ger­ber, Se­bas­tian Snow, An­thony White, Austin Roberts, Tyler Me­d­ina, and Tate Chris­tensen kept the Huskies on their heels and mov­ing back­wards while the run­ning backs at­tacked. The Out­laws would mark the score­board as time ex­pired for the first half of play. Lial would plunge in from four yards out through the left side. The point af­ter kick was con­verted by Lial and the Out­laws would take an 8-6 lead into the half­time break.

The sec­ond half of play would start just as the first half ended. Lial and Lewis toted the ball for a ma­jor­ity of the drive end­ing with quar­ter­back Josh Miller call­ing his own num­ber, step­ping three yards through the mid­dle of the Hugh­son de­fense across the goal line. The point af­ter kick was blocked, but the Out­laws would ex­tend their lead to 14- 6. Hugh­son could not an­swer af­ter the two wear­ing, phys­i­cal drives by the Out­laws.

The fourth quar­ter would see more of the same ac­tion with Escalon dom­i­nat­ing on the ground. Escalon would add to their lead on a three­yard run by Lewis drag­ging tack­lers from the Hugh­son de­fen­sive left across the goal line with him. This run was set up by a 25-yard pass from Miller to Tinoco on third down and long. The point af­ter kick by Lial would be true send­ing the score to 22-6.

Hugh­son tried to mount one last as­sault, but a forced fum­ble re­cov­ered by Me­d­ina would put the game on ice. Escalon would run out the game clock and tuck the vic­tory away.

The Out­laws will be cel­e­brat­ing their Home­com­ing next week­end as they host Lin­den Jr. Lions. The Out­laws will try to ex­act re­venge for the lone loss of the sea­son that oc­curred while vis­it­ing the same Jr. Lions four weeks ago.

Jr. Var­sity

The Jr. Var­sity Out­laws wanted to bounce back from the loss of the pre­vi­ous week to Water­ford, and im­prove their record to 3-1. A win would keep them in a tie for sec­ond place in the early stand­ings. Hugh­son wanted to even their record with a win while vis­it­ing En­gel Field.

It did not take long for the JV Out­laws to show that they meant busi­ness. Donovan Rozevink con­nected with Caleb Ca­vanaugh on the sec­ond play from scrim­mage. Ca­vanaugh raced past the Hugh­son de­fense for the 40-yard score. The point af­ter kick was con­verted by Ja­cob Martin giv­ing Escalon the early 8-0 lead. Hugh­son would an­swer with a drive of their own with their first pos­ses­sion of the ball. The point af­ter kick would not be con­verted, but they did close the deficit to 8-6.

Escalon would ex­tend their lead with Ca­vanaugh squeez­ing through the left side from eight yards out. The point af­ter kick was again true by Martin push­ing the Escalon lead to 166. Ruben Moreno would re­cover a Hugh­son fum­ble send­ing the Out­laws on an­other of­fen­sive drive.

Hugh­son would try to match the Out­laws, but a de­fen­sive stop on fourth down and short yardage led by CJ Miller would give the ball back to Escalon. Jamin Miller would take the ball on the very next play from scrim­mage and rumble 42 yards into the end zone. The point af­ter kick was not con­verted, but the Escalon lead grew to 22-6.

Be­fore the first half would end Rozevink would find Ca­vanaugh once again. The pair would con­nect from 13 yards out. The point af­ter kick was blocked, but the lead still grew to 28-6. Escalon would add one more score on a two-yard plunge by Colton Page. The ad­di­tion of a good point af­ter kick sent the score to its fi­nal of 36-6.

Novice

The young Out­laws were look­ing to bounce back from the heart­break­ing loss in over­time to Water­ford last week. This week’s con­test would prove to be just as tax­ing on both teams. The first half was a de­fen­sive strug­gle, with nei­ther team able to do much to move the ball, or gain mo­men­tum.

In the third quar­ter Hay­den McPher­son would step in front of a Hugh­son re­ceiver for his sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion of the day. McPher­son would race 50 yards to­ward the Hugh­son end zone only to be stopped at the 10-yard line. The Escalon of­fense would take ad­van­tage cash­ing in two plays later on an Austin Cul­lum rush from seven yards out. The point af­ter con­ver­sion was stopped, but the Out­laws were on the board lead­ing 6-0. The third quar­ter would end with a fum­ble re­cov­ery by Cruz Snow.

The young Out­laws could not make any­thing out of the turnover op­por­tu­nity, giv­ing the ball back to Hugh­son with a turnover on downs. Escalon could not keep Hugh­son off of the score­board. The Hugh­son ball car­rier scur­ried around the right end and down the side­line out­dis­tanc­ing the Escalon de­fense for a 65yard touch­down. The Out­laws’ de­fense would hold on the point af­ter con­ver­sion, keep­ing the score even at 6-6.

The game would go into an over­time pe­riod where both teams would be given four downs to score from the 10-yard line. If the score re­mained tied each team would be given an­other chance. Hugh­son would score on their at­tempt, but the point af­ter con­ver­sion would be stopped giv­ing Hugh­son a slim edge, 12-6. Escalon would use all four downs be­fore David White would scam­per in from six yards out on a bro­ken pass play. Cul­lum would push in from three yards for the point af­ter con­ver­sion seal­ing the vic­tory for the Out­laws 13-12.

Jr. Novice

Af­ter three weeks of strug­gle, the youngest Out­laws were able to re­ceive some pos­i­tive feed­back on the field dur­ing their ex­hi­bi­tion Satur­day af­ter­noon. All of the boys de­serve to be rec­og­nized as they play 10-on-10 foot­ball with­out any sub­sti­tutes. Grif­fin Ger­ber, Benett Gue­vara, Tris­tan Ro­driguez, Os­car Lopez, Ethan But­ler, Con­ner McDow­ell, Cole McDow­ell, Leo Mar­rufo, Noah Doo­ley, and Ethan Tellez all work to im­prove to make sure they are ready to com­pete when given the chance at the higher lev­els.

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