JV Cougars Im­prove To 4-0

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

With a fi­nal of 48-7, the Escalon JV Cougars went on the road to Galt and took down the host Lib­erty Ranch Hawks on Fri­day night.

The game was un­usual in that the host team ran sig­nif­i­cantly more plays than Escalon but man­aged just one score. Escalon scored in three of four quar­ters, with a run­ning clock fea­tured in the fourth quar­ter.

There was also a lengthy de­lay late in the third quar­ter when a Lib­erty Ranch player went down with an in­jury, was tended to on the field, and then was taken off on a stretcher.

“It was an­other weird game,” ad­mit­ted head coach An­drew Beam. “We only ran 26 plays but had 394 yards; Lib­erty Ranch ran 46 plays and had just 128 yards.”

Escalon put 13 points on the board in the first quar­ter, 14 in the sec­ond and 21 in the third. Lib­erty Ranch scored their lone touch­down in the first quar­ter.

Beam said both teams scored their first touch­down quickly, light­ing up the score­board early.

“Bryan Hale, on the first play from scrim­mage, went 63 yards up the mid­dle and the kick (by Ricky Erazo) was good to make it 7-0,” ex­plained Beam. “Then we had a big let­down on the kick­off and they took it to the 2-yard line, then scored on the next play; 13 sec­onds in to the game it was 7-7.”

But af­ter that, it was all Escalon, with the sec­ond touch­down of the night com­ing at the end of a 15-yard run from Miguel Souza, his first touch­down of the year. The point af­ter at­tempt was no good but the JV Cougars had a 13-7 lead af­ter one.

Two touch­downs in the sec­ond quar­ter came from Colton Panero, one on a 67yard run and the other on a 50-yard touch­down pass from Kaidence Trejo, mak­ing his first start un­der cen­ter at the JV level. The point af­ter was good on each, the Cougars lead­ing 27-7 at the half.

Panero ran the Lib­erty Ranch de­fense ragged.

“He’s aw­fully tough to bring down in the open field,” Beam said. “He’s got strong legs, he’s re­ally ath­letic.”

Third quar­ter scor­ing saw Panero find the end zone two more times, once on a 63-yard run and again on a 51-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for the pick six. Bryan Hale added an 18-yard touch­down run.

“De­fen­sively, Trejo blocked a punt, Lo­gan Webster, as a fresh­man had a good game for us, David Ca­ma­cho and Omar Al­ga­heim also had sacks.”

De­spite the win and the lop­sided of­fen­sive statis­tics, Beam said the team also made plenty of mis­takes.

“We had 85 yards in penal­ties, we fum­bled the ball,” he pointed out, adding that those types of mis­cues could prove costly as the JV team con­tin­ues its sched­ule.

“It was a very good win but now the sched­ule will get tougher,” the coach said. “Pat­ter­son and Hil­mar, our next two op­po­nents, are a com­bined 7-0.”

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