Vis­it­ing Hil­mar Takes Win Over Fresh­men

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Af­ter turn­ing the ball over to Hil­mar, deep in Escalon ter­ri­tory, on back-to-back fum­bles that put Hil­mar into scor­ing po­si­tion twice, the vis­it­ing Yel­low­jack­ets took ad­van­tage of Escalon mis­cues and jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quar­ter on Thurs­day night, Oct. 5.

The Escalon fresh­man foot­ball team fell in the con­test, 26-21, bat­tling back from the early deficit be­fore ul­ti­mately los­ing to Hil­mar.

“Mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, Escalon put to­gether a long scor­ing drive which ended with a very tough 10-yard touch­down run by Jaden Fontes,” said head coach Mark Walden. “The ex­tra point kick was made by Miguel San­doval, bring­ing the score to 13-7.”

With just 20 sec­onds left in the sec­ond quar­ter, Hil­mar com­pleted a 60-yard pass for a touch­down, in­creas­ing the lead to 19-7. Escalon’s safety had an op­por­tu­nity to make a big play by in­ter­cept­ing that pass but missed it by just inches; Hil­mar cap­i­tal­ized by find­ing the end zone.

In the sec­ond half, the Escalon de­fense held Hil­mar to one more score, Walden said of keep­ing the con­test within reach.

“In the fourth quar­ter a long catch and run by Ai­dan Krieger set up a 20-yard touch­down run by Cris­tian Ser­rano,” said the coach. “With another good ex­tra point kick by San­doval, the score was 26-14.”

On the en­su­ing drive Escalon forced another Hil­mar punt. From there Krieger broke a long off tackle run set­ting up another score by Ser­rano.

With two min­utes left in the game Escalon had brought the score within five points, 26-21.

The young Cougars at­tempted an on­side kick but it was un­suc­cess­ful. Hil­mar was able to re­tain pos­ses­sion of the ball and the fi­nal score was 26-21.

“Of course the team was dis­ap­pointed to lose the game but I was re­ally proud of the way they fought back,” Walden added. “We were down 26-7 in the fourth quar­ter and man­aged to bring it to within five points. Lots of teams would’ve shut down if be­hind by that much in the fourth, but our guys con­tin­ued fight­ing. To see a fresh­man group fight like that is very promis­ing for the fu­ture of Escalon foot­ball.”

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Escalon’s Jaden Fontes, 33, tries to keep his bal­ance and keep mov­ing for­ward while be­ing wrapped up by the Hil­mar de­fense on Thurs­day night.

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