Vic­tory Over Hugh­son For Escalon Fresh­men

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Their fi­nal game of the sea­son went in the win col­umn for the youngest Escalon Cougars; the fresh­men de­feated vis­it­ing Hugh­son 28-18 on Thurs­day night, Nov. 2.

“We took the ball on the open­ing drive and marched 70 yards with a one, two punch of run­ning backs Ai­dan Krieger and Cris­tian Ser­rano,” said coach Mark Walden. “The drive was capped by a five-yard touch­down run by Jaden Fontes. Miguel San­doval’s kick was good, mak­ing it 7-0.”

The young Cougars forced Hugh­son to punt on their en­su­ing pos­ses­sion and then Escalon went right back to the one, two punch of Krieger and Ser­rano.

“The two backs took turns rip­ping off eight- to 10-yard runs all the way down the field un­til Krieger punched it in from about 15 yards out,” Walden ex­plained. “Af­ter an­other San­doval kick, we took a 14-0 lead.”

Hugh­son broke free on a long scor­ing run but missed the ex­tra point mak­ing it 14-6. Escalon took the ball on the en­su­ing kick and con­tin­ued to have suc­cess run­ning the ball as Ser­rano scored on a 20-yard run, the ex­tra point by San­doval was good, mak­ing it 21-6.

With 35 sec­onds left in the first half, Hugh­son scored on a half­back pass, but missed the ex­tra point, mak­ing it 21-12 at half­time.

Hugh­son re­ceived the kick off to start the sec­ond half and drove the ball to the Escalon 5-yard line; the Escalon de­fense held tough and stopped Hugh­son, tak­ing pos­ses­sion of the ball at their own 5-yard line.

“Af­ter some back and forth ac­tion Hugh­son would even­tu­ally break an­other long run and miss the ex­tra point, mak­ing it 2118.” Walden said. “Af­ter a failed on-side kick at­tempt Escalon full­back Jaden Fontes ripped through the mid­dle of the de­fense for a 65-yard TD run.”

With the ex­tra point the score was 28-18 Escalon. On Hugh­son’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion safety Justis Dutt in­ter­cepted a deep Hugh­son pass at­tempt, giv­ing Escalon the ball back; from there they were able to run out the clock.

“It was good old fash­ioned Escalon foot­ball. Hugh­son clearly had a game plan to stop our full­back Fontes so we ad­justed and our wings, Krieger and Ser­rano had a big first half run­ning the ball,” said Walden. “When we started the sec­ond half they ad­justed to stop our wings, which opened up the run­ning for Fontes.”

The coach said the fi­nale was a good game for plenty of play­ers.

“None of our run­ning game works with­out the guys up front, Nathan Mi­randa, Demetrius Teix­eira, Chase Pacheco, Evan Fo­ley, and Daniel Gon­za­lez all had a big game con­trol­ling the line of scrim­mage and open­ing holes for the backs,” the coach noted. “De­fen­sively, Ni­cholas Freeseha stood out as he made sev­eral key tack­les for a loss at key times in the game.”

The fresh­men fin­ished their sea­son with a record of 7-2.

“We had a lot of kids who had never played foot­ball be­fore be­come ma­jor con­trib­u­tors this year,” Walden sum­ma­rized. “It was a blast to watch them learn the game Escalon-style, bind to­gether as a team, and have a lot of fun. It will be ex­cit­ing to see these play­ers com­bine with the sopho­mores on var­sity in a cou­ple years.”

De­fen­sive back Ni­cholas Freeseha, 24, works to wrap up the Hugh­son ball car­rier in Thurs­day night ac­tion at En­gel Field. The fresh­men won, 28-18.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Run­ning Back Cris­tian Ser­rano, 21, cra­dles the ball and looks to fol­low blocks up the field for some yardage against Hugh­son on Thurs­day night. He had a touch­down in the 28-18 sea­son fi­nale vic­tory.

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