Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

It won’t be an easy road trip.

Escalon’s var­sity foot­ball team gets back on the bus for their third straight road game this week, head­ing to Pat­ter­son to take on the Tigers in Fri­day night ac­tion, Sept. 22.

“Now we jump into the fire,” agreed head coach Mark Loureiro, who said the Tigers will be a fierce op­po­nent.

Pat­ter­son is cur­rently at 2-1; they lost to Downey in a shootout, 72-61, while get­ting wins over Palo Alto and Modesto. The Tigers are av­er­ag­ing over 50 points per game and had a bye this past week, so they are well-rested.

“They’re just very ex­plo­sive,” Loureiro said.

Team lead­ers are quar­ter­back Gabe Sanchez, 6-0, 170; top re­ceivers Joe Ok­i­tukunda, 6-2, 185; James Perez, 6-3, 175; and Greg Re­ich­muth, 6-2, 180; lead­ing rusher Ja­cob Vainuku, 6-1, 245, who lines up at full­back and nose guard.

“He’s nails,” said Loureiro. “He’ll be a hand­ful.”

Top line­men in­clude Ar­mando Robles, 6-2, 225 and Chris Gar­cia, 6-0, 190.

Escalon, now at 2-2, fin­ishes out its non-league sched­ule with the road trip to Pat­ter­son this week.

“They can score at the drop of a hat,” Loureiro said of the Tigers. “We just need to try and keep them in a close game; we can’t get into a shootout with them.”

Kick­off will be about 7 p.m. Fri­day, fol­low­ing the JV con­test.

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