JV Boys Earn Road Win, Fresh­men Lose To Sonora

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

Craft­ing a big win on the road, the Escalon JV foot­ball team came home with a 35-19 vic­tory from their Fri­day night trip to Sonora.

It was the third straight win for the squad and they had to bat­tle back from a first quar­ter deficit to get it.

Sonora jumped on top early, get­ting points on the board prac­ti­cally be­fore Escalon knew what hap­pened.

“We re­ceived the open­ing kick­off and then there was a sack, a strip of the ball that they re­turned for a touch­down,” said head coach Brant Rose. “We were three and out our next pos­ses­sion and we had a bad punt, that gave Sonora a short field and they scored again.”

This time, the home team missed the ex­tra point but they took a 13-0 lead in the first quar­ter.

Escalon fi­nally got their game go­ing with three touch­downs in the sec­ond quar­ter and took a 21-13 lead at the half.

“We got a seven-yard pass from Ty Har­ris to Lo­gan Web­ster and Miguel San­doval kicked the ex­tra point,” Rose said of the first score, which trimmed the Sonora lead to 13-7.

Escalon took the lead shortly there­after, on a 63yard run by J.P. Lial and the ex­tra point was good by San­doval. That made it 1413 and the vis­it­ing JV Cougars never looked back.

Be­fore the end of the sec­ond quar­ter, Lial took the ball in on a 21-yard run and San­doval kicked the ex­tra point for the 21-13 lead.

“In the third quar­ter, J.P. Lial got a fum­ble re­cov­ery and re­turned it 55 yards for a touch­down,” Rose said.

San­doval added the point after and it was a 28-13 lead and Escalon’s fi­nal score of the game came in the fourth quar­ter.

“Jaden Fontes scored on a one-yard run and the kick was good,” Rose said.

With a 35-13 lead and time wind­ing down, the JV Cougars had to de­fend one more time but a de­ter­mined Sonora squad punched one fi­nal score in in the clos­ing sec­onds, go­ing in from five yards out for the 35-19 fi­nal.

“Lial had a heck of a game, he was all over the field,” Rose noted of the three­touch­down night for the young Cougar. “He made big of­fen­sive plays; he had six car­ries for 102 yards and was a play­maker on of­fense for us.”

Rose said it wasn’t a typ­i­cal Cougar game, as they used big plays for their scor­ing drives as op­posed to me­thod­i­cal marches down the field.

“It wasn’t your clas­sic Wing-T,” Rose ex­plained. “We’ve been a big play of­fense and our de­fense is play­ing re­ally well. For our de­fense to hold them (Sonora) to one of­fen­sive touch­down is pretty good; they might be for real.”

Lead­ing the de­fen­sive ef­fort on Fri­day night were Demetrius Teix­eira, who had a forced fum­ble and was the team leader in tack­les; Tyler Med­ina with an in­ter­cep­tion; and Shane Camp­bell, who forced a fum­ble.

Rose added they went in with some con­cerns about the op­tion of­fense that Sonora uses but they were able to cover well and keep the Wild­cats in check.

Com­ing up, the JV team will host the River City Raiders, a Divi­sion I school out of the West Sacra­mento area on Fri­day, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

“We’ll be out­num­bered and it will be good for us to see the ath­letes they have,” Rose said of fac­ing off with a high-cal­iber foe. “It will be a good fi­nal tune-up headed into league. We’ll be chal­lenged and hope­fully it pre­pares us for a rugged league sched­ule.”

FRESH­MEN

It was an­other tough night on the grid­iron for the Escalon fresh­men, play­ing on their home field Thurs­day, Aug. 30.

They wel­comed the Sonora Wild­cats to town and fell to the visi­tors by a 35-0 fi­nal.

“I will say, we played bet­ter this week,” head coach Joey Costa said of the team, which has sev­eral play­ers suit­ing up for their first taste of foot­ball.

With 19 play­ers on the team, two just joined and haven’t played yet, while seven play­ers are see­ing the grid­iron for the first time this sea­son.

Sonora built up a 26-0 lead at the half and walked off with the 35-0 de­ci­sion.

“Quar­ter­back Josh Miller plays both ways for us and has done well, also Austin Roberts, at full­back and line­backer,” Costa said of team lead­ers. “Our two line­men, Se­bas­tian Snow and Casey Vasallo have played very well.”

The young Cougars did get a few drives go­ing on Thurs­day night but just couldn’t come up with the big play when they needed it.

“Even though we’re not hav­ing the suc­cess we want, at least we’re get­ting the ex­pe­ri­ence,” Costa added.

The frosh squad heads out this week, trav­el­ing to take on the River City Raiders in a Thurs­day evening game, Sept. 6. Kick­off is sched­uled for 6 p.m.

“We’re go­ing to be tested,” Costa said.

The team has a full slate of games ahead for this sea­son; the next home game won’t be un­til Sept. 27 when they host the Sierra Tim­ber­wolves.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Cougar J.P. Lial, cen­ter, stays on his feet and gets ready to churn up some yardage in Fri­day night’s JV foot­ball game against Sonora. He had three touch­downs in the 35-19 Escalon win.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Fresh­man quar­ter­back Josh Miller, 12, takes the ball him­self as he looks to gain some ground on Thurs­day night in a home game against Sonora. The youngest Cougars fell in the con­test.

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