JV Cougars En­joy Sat­is­fy­ing Win To End Sea­son

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

Ending the sea­son at 8-2, the Escalon JV Cougars fell just short of the Trans-Val­ley League ti­tle, but closed out the cam­paign with a sat­is­fy­ing de­feat of Hugh­son in ac­tion at En­gel Field on Fri­day night.

The Nov. 3 con­test saw Escalon take a 44-21 win off the field and the JV foot­ball boys rolled up nearly 500 yards of of­fense on the night.

“We got started early, our de­fense got a stop and Kaidence Trejo got our first touch­down, from two yards out, Bryan Hale went in for the 2-point con­ver­sion,” ex­plained head coach An­drew Beam. “That made it 8-0.”

That was the only scor­ing in the first quar­ter but the host squad started to take con­trol of the con­test in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Along with eight points in the first, Escalon scored 14 in the sec­ond to lead 22-0 at the half. The JV Cougars, put 15 points on the board in the third while Hugh­son also got into the end zone that quar­ter, Escalon lead­ing 37-8 headed into the fourth.

Hugh­son scored a cou­ple late touch­downs and Escalon added one more in the fourth for the 44-21 fi­nal.

“The sec­ond quar­ter we re­ally got rolling,” Beam said. “We emp­tied the play­book, pulled out all the trick plays, no sense keep­ing them un­til next week.”

Bryan Hale scored from three yards out but the 2-point at­tempt failed, the JV squad still took the lead, 14-0.

“Just be­fore half, we had a nice dou­ble pass for a touch­down,” the coach added.

Quar­ter­back Wy­att McCune pitched the ball to Kaidence Trejo, who then threw a strike to Eli Lat­tig from 41 yards out for the raz­zle daz­zle touch­down.

“Then Wy­att McCune found Lat­tig for the 2-point con­ver­sion and we were up 22-0 at the half,” Beam said. “We felt pretty good at that point.”

Hugh­son had a hard time stop­ping the Cougar of­fense, with the JV boys tak­ing the kick­off for the sec­ond half and get­ting a quick score. Trejo, on the third play from scrim­mage, took off for a 63-yard scor­ing run and also ran in the 2-point con­ver­sion to make it a 30-0 Escalon lead.

“We got an­other de­fen­sive stop and then Luke An­der­son had a 55-yard touch­down run,” Beam said.

The kick was good by Ricky Erazo and it was 37-0 Escalon.

Hugh­son was fi­nally able to break through for a touch­down and 2-point con­ver­sion late in the third to trim the lead to 37-8.

Escalon scored a sin­gle touch­down in the fourth, Hugh­son did find the end zone two more times but it was too lit­tle, too late for the Huskies as host Escalon had the solid win in hand.

Their fi­nal touch­down was a fit­ting end to the sea­son.

“It was on a fourth and about 15, McCune lofted the ball to the end zone, it was a jump ball that Trejo came down with,” Bream said. “The kick was good.”

That gave Escalon its 44 points for the con­test, eas­ily out­dis­tanc­ing the vis­it­ing Huskies.

“It was just a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance,” added Beam. “We had 482 yards of of­fense, they had 255.”

Trejo had a mon­ster night, with a de­fen­sive in­ter­cep­tion, 12 car­ries for 122 yards, he was 2-for-3 pass­ing for 44 yards and had two catches him­self for 20 yards.

“He had a pass­ing touch­down, one re­ceiv­ing touch­down and two rush­ing touch­downs,” Beam noted. “Luke An­der­son (fresh­man) had seven car­ries for 165 yards and a touch­down.”

Ripon beat Hil­mar in an­other crucial TVL match at the JV level on Fri­day; that left both the In­di­ans and the Yel­low­jack­ets with 9-1 records and Escalon at 8-2.

“I re­ally need to give props to Wy­att McCune, he was 6-for-9 for 48 yards and a touch­down, he did a re­ally good job,” Beam said of the sopho­more hav­ing a strong night to help con­trib­ute to the fi­nal game vic­tory.

McCune got his first taste of com­pet­i­tive foot­ball last year with the fresh­man team, and was thrown into ser­vice this year when start­ing quar­ter­back Ty Har­ris went out with a bro­ken col­lar­bone.

“He has just made a ton of progress through­out the year,” Beam said.

Like­wise, he said the team rose to the oc­ca­sion af­ter los­ing not only Har­ris but also in hav­ing three qual­ity starters called up to the var­sity squad and then see­ing ar­guably the best two-way starter in league, Colton Panero, lost to a sea­so­nend­ing in­jury sev­eral weeks ago.

“I like the way we closed out the sea­son,” Beam said of ris­ing above the ad­ver­sity. “This class will be fun to watch over the next cou­ple of years.”


JV head coach An­drew Beam makes a point to his play­ers dur­ing a time­out on Fri­day night. The team ended the sea­son with a vic­tory over Hugh­son, win­ning 44-21.


Quar­ter­back Wy­att McCune gets ready to hand the ball off to Jack Fitzger­ald, 18, dur­ing sec­ond half play at En­gel Field on Fri­day night. The JV boys de­feated Hugh­son to end the sea­son on a win­ning note.

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