Fresh­men Take Down Hugh­son At En­gel Field

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Get­ting the chance to play in front of the home crowd for the first time, the youngest Cougar foot­ball team did not dis­ap­point.

Escalon’s fresh­men de­feated the vis­it­ing Hugh­son Huskies on Thurs­day, Sept. 14 by a 28-13 fi­nal.

Hugh­son re­ceived the open­ing kick­off and used up most of the first quar­ter with a long slow drive, but the Huskies were even­tu­ally stopped by the Cougar de­fense and Escalon got the ball around the 30-yard line.

“Af­ter a cou­ple first down runs by Fabian Tor­res and Cris­tian Ser­rano we were at mid­field early in the sec­ond quar­ter,” ex­plained head coach Mark Walden. “Full­back Jaden Fontes took the ball right up mid­dle, ran over a line­backer and out­ran the rest of de­fense for a 50 yard TD run; the ex­tra point kick by Miguel San­doval made it 7-0.”

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the kick Hugh­son an­swered back with long touch­down run them­selves, how­ever they missed the ex­tra point mak­ing the score 7-6 Escalon in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“Af­ter some back and forth Cougars wing­back Tor­res broke a long run around the right side and moved the ball to the five, set­ting up a 5-yard touch­down run around the left side by Cris­tian Ser­rano,” said Walden. “The ex­tra point was muffed mak­ing the score 13-6. There was no more scor­ing in the first half.”

Escalon, which had won the toss and de­ferred, got the ball to start sec­ond half play. They made the most of that pos­ses­sion, stretch­ing out the lead.

Af­ter mov­ing the ball to about mid­field, quar­ter­back Justis Dutt com­pleted a 20-yard pass to Shane Campbell, who ran it to in­side the five-yard line set­ting up an­other Fontes touch­down.

Hav­ing missed the pre­vi­ous ex­tra point, Escalon went for the two-point con­ver­sion and were suc­cess­ful with an out­side run by Tor­res, mak­ing the score 21-6.

Hugh­son quickly re­sponded once again with an­other long touch­down and ex­tra point mak­ing it 21-13.

“In the fourth quar­ter the Escalon of­fense con­sisted of a heavy dose of phys­i­cal run­ning by Fontes and Tor­res. Dutt com­pleted an­other long pass to Tor­res giv­ing Escalon the ball on the three-yard line,” Walden said. “From there Fontes punched it in for his third TD of the day. Af­ter an ex­tra point kick from San­doval the score was 28-13.”

That would prove to be the fi­nal, the young Cougars get­ting the win in front of a sup­port­ive Thurs­day night crowd.

“Hugh­son was the most phys­i­cal team we’ve seen so far and our guys re­sponded well. The in­te­rior de­fense, Nathan Mi­randa and Chase Pacheco, played par­tic­u­larly well as they stuffed up the mid­dle of the Hugh­son of­fense most of the game,” said Walden.

Pacheco also recorded a sack in the game.

“I’m very happy with the pro­gres­sion of the team. Guys who have never played foot­ball be­fore or are in new po­si­tions are be­gin­ning to get com­fort­able and make plays,” noted the coach. “We have play­ers who couldn’t line up cor­rectly or get into a good stance a cou­ple weeks ago are now scor­ing touch­downs, mak­ing big blocks and tack­les. It is fun to watch.”

The frosh boys will be back at home this week, host­ing Pat­ter­son on Thurs­day, Sept. 21 with game time at 6 p.m.


Run­ning back Cris­tian Ser­rano, 21, has al­ready es­caped the clutches of one would-be tack­ler, left be­hind him, and looks to make a cut up the field to evade an­other Hugh­son op­po­nent on Thurs­day, Sept. 14. Escalon came away with a 28-13 vic­tory.


In pur­suit on de­fense, Jaden Fontes, 33, of Escalon works to take down the ball car­rier in first half ac­tion on Thurs­day, Sept. 14. The host fresh­men topped Hugh­son in the con­test.

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