Fresh­men Take Foot­ball Field Against River­bank JV Team

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Two road games are in the books for Escalon’s fresh­man foot­ball team.

They trav­eled this past Thurs­day, Sept. 7, to nearby River­bank to take on that school’s ju­nior var­sity. River­bank’s Fri­day night op­po­nent didn’t field a JV team and Escalon’s fresh­men had an open­ing on the sched­ule, so they agreed to face the JV Bru­ins on the road.

The frosh Cougars won the game, 14-0.

“Of­fen­sively Escalon demon­strated a phys­i­cal and ef­fi­cient run game led by tough block­ing up front by Even Fo­ley and Chase Pacheco. In the first half Cris­tian Ser­rano and Fabian Tor­res shared the bulk of the car­ries with Tor­res scor­ing from five yards out on the first Escalon pos­ses­sion,” said head coach Mark Walden.

The re­main­der of the first half, Escalon stopped them­selves by los­ing four fum­bles.

“The sec­ond half was a heavy dose of very phys­i­cal run­ning by full­back Jaden Fontes,” Walden noted.

Fontes would even­tu­ally run through and over sev­eral de­fend­ers on a 20-yard run off the left side for the first touch­down of his foot­ball ca­reer.

The Cougar de­fense played ex­cep­tion­ally well shut­ting out the River­bank of­fense. The Escalon de­fen­sive line shut down the River­bank run game all night. Ai­dan Krieger, Shane Camp­bell and Chase Pacheco, who also recorded a sack, played par­tic­u­larly tough against the run. Justis Dutt, Cris­tian Ser­rano, and Demetrius Teix­eira all had key in­ter­cep­tions that played a big part in se­cur­ing the vic­tory, said Walden.

“This team is filled with first year play­ers who are hav­ing to learn on the fly,” first-year head coach Walden said. “This team has a lot of po­ten­tial and a lot of guys see­ing their first foot­ball ac­tion ever which will make it fun to watch as they gain ex­pe­ri­ence and im­prove ev­ery week.”

In their first game of the sea­son, Aug. 30, the frosh boys trav­eled to Hil­mar and lost by a 28-7 de­ci­sion.

A cou­ple of po­ten­tially suc­cess­ful drives in the first half sput­tered out and re­sulted in punts. Hil­mar led 14-0 at half. Hil­mar re­ceived the ball at the be­gin­ning of the third quar­ter, Escalon forced a punt and muffed the punt, giv­ing Hil­mar the ball inside the Cougar five­yard line, set­ting up an­other Hil­mar score mak­ing it 21-0.

“Upon re­ceiv­ing the kick we put to­gether a nice drive with tough run­ning from Fabian Tor­res who ended up scor­ing on a 5-yard run,” said Walden.

An­other late mis­cue by the young Cougars set up Hil­mar for their fi­nal score, mak­ing it a 28-7 fi­nal.

“We got some tough de­fen­sive play from Ni­cholas Freeseha, Ai­dan Krieger who seemed to get bet­ter as the game pro­gressed, and Justis Dutt who had sev­eral touch­down sav­ing pass break-ups from the safety po­si­tion,” Walden noted.

Up next, a home game for the fresh­men, as they wel­come Hugh­son in for a Thurs­day, Sept. 14 con­test start­ing at 6 p.m.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE TIMES

Escalon de­fend­ers swarm to stop a run by the JV Bru­ins in the sec­ond quar­ter of Thurs­day’s JV foot­ball con­test. The Sept. 7 game ended with the fresh­man Cougars blank­ing RHS, 14-0.

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