Wins For Var­sity, Jr. Novice Out­laws In Water­ford

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARK VA­LEN­CIA

In two of the three con­tests where scores are kept, the Escalon Out­laws youth foot­ball team came out on top of the host squad, Water­ford, on Satur­day.

VAR­SITY

The Escalon Out­laws left the friendly con­fines of En­gel Field to travel to nearby Water­ford for this week’s matchup against the Water­ford Sabre­cats. The Out­laws wanted to make up for the loss from the pre­vi­ous week when they stum­bled against the Lin­den Jr. Lions.

This would turn out to be a tough task as the Out­laws lost JP Lial to in­jury on the open­ing kick-off.

The Out­laws would take the open­ing drive 55-yards end­ing with a 13-yard sweep around the right side by Tyler Me­d­ina. The point af­ter kick was con­verted by Al­fonso Gon­za­lez giv­ing Escalon a very early 8-0 lead. The rest of the first quar­ter was a de­fen­sive strug­gle with nei­ther team able to gain much trac­tion.

The Out­laws would find the end zone again in the sec­ond quar­ter. Josh Miller would find a wide open Chris­tian Tinoco down the right side­line from 20 yards out. The point af­ter kick was not con­verted, but Escalon would ex­tend the lead to 14-0. The sec­ond quar­ter would close with an A. Gon­za­lez in­ter­cep­tion to halt a driv­ing Water­ford of­fense.

Water­ford would open the sec­ond half of play with the ball. The Sabre­cats would drive the ball 55 yards end­ing with a dive into the mid­dle of the Out­laws’ de­fen­sive line. The point af­ter kick was missed, but the scor­ing gap was closed to 14-6. The Out­laws could not muster any of­fen­sive mo­men­tum dur­ing the third quar­ter; but would take their lead into the fourth quar­ter.

Escalon found them­selves driv­ing the ball again to­ward the Water­ford end zone. This drive would end with Me­d­ina reach­ing pay dirt once again. Miller found him open slant­ing across the mid­dle on a 25yard pitch and catch. The point af­ter kick was missed again, but the lead would grow to 20-6. A. Gon­za­lez would squash the Sabre­cats’ last gasp, leap­ing to make his sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion of the night.

The Out­laws will have an­other test next week as the Jr. Reds from Calav­eras come to town. The Var­sity Out­laws will be cel­e­brat­ing Eighth Grade night for those that are spend­ing their last sea­son in the Sil­ver and Black of the Escalon Out­laws.

JU­NIOR VAR­SITY

The Jr. Var­sity Out­laws ran into a buzz-saw of sorts in their meet­ing with the Water­ford Sabre­cats. The Out­laws will have to make some ad­just­ments to have the an­swers should the two teams meet again in the play-offs. Water­ford would come out fir­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing the open­ing kick­off.

The Sabre­cats would strike on the first play from scrim­mage as the Water­ford run­ning back swept around the de­fen­sive left end for a 52-yard dash to the end zone. The point af­ter kick was blocked, but Water­ford would en­joy a very early 6-0 lead.

The Out­laws would punt on their first pos­ses­sion, but that did not stop them from get­ting on the score­board.

The Sabre­cats’ ball car­rier would run into a pile along the de­fen­sive right side­line, then Dono­van Rozevink would strip the ball free and sprint 54 yards to the end zone. The point af­ter kick would be true by Ja­cob Martin giv­ing Escalon a lead at 8-6. The lead would be short lived as Water­ford would score 35 unan­swered points.

The Out­laws would score a late touch­down on a Rozevink keeper. Martin would add the point af­ter kick tak­ing the score to its fi­nal of 41-16.

NOVICE

The Novice Out­laws were dom­i­nant in their match up this week with Water­ford, tak­ing the win 27-0. Touch­downs were scored by Austin Cul­lum, Car­son Me­d­ina, Ja­cob Ca­vanaugh, and Kyrin Bara­jas.

The Out­laws are de­fen­sively stout. Gio­vanni Chavez, Hay­den McPher­son, Ben Gon­za­lez and Me­d­ina led the way with sacks and many tack­les for loss. Jo­sue Murga stepped in front of an er­rant pass for an in­ter­cep­tion.

The young Out­laws are in the driver’s seat with only two weeks left on the sched­ule, but there are two tough op­po­nents wait­ing in the Calav­eras Jr. Reds and the Ripon Chiefs.

JU­NIOR NOVICE

The youngest of the Out­laws gave it their all this week, but the lack of sub­sti­tutes proved to be the de­cid­ing fac­tor as the pres­sure from the Water­ford Sabre­cats wore them down. Ethan But­ler was able to race 90 yards into the Water­ford end zone just be­fore the half­time buzzer would sound. Con­nor McDow­ell also car­ried the ball well dur­ing the con­test.

The de­fense was able to muster two goal line stands to have the Sabre­cats turn the ball over on downs. Cole McDow­ell and Grif­fin Ger­ber led the way chas­ing down the Water­ford ball car­ri­ers.

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