De­fense Car­ries JV Foot­ball Team To Vic­tory

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­[email protected]­times.com

In a hard fought bat­tle, one that saw the Escalon de­fense on the field for much of the night, the JV Cougars took a 15-7 win on Fri­day, Aug. 24 against vis­it­ing Calav­eras.

First year head coach Brant Rose said the night be­longed to the de­fense, as Calav­eras came out ready to play.

“Our de­fense pretty much won us the game … our of­fense was pretty sloppy,” Rose noted.

“Calav­eras ran 16 more plays than we did; our de­fense was on the field all night.”

Af­ter a score­less first quar­ter, Escalon did get on the score­board in the sec­ond, with a seven-yard touch­down re­cep­tion by Shane Camp­bell off the pass from quar­ter­back Ty Har­ris. With a bad snap on the ex­tra point at­tempt, kicker Demetrius Teix­eira scram­bled and found Camp­bell in the end zone, com­plet­ing the 2-point con­ver­sion for an 8-0 Escalon lead.

That was the score at half­time and, in the third quar­ter, the host JV team found a way to get an­other score on the board, this one on a big pass play from Har­ris to Lo­gan Web­ster. Teix­eira added the point af­ter as the home team went up 15-0.

Calav­eras was quick to an­swer back, cut­ting the deficit to 15-7 as they took a pick six back 30 yards for the score and added the point af­ter.

Head­ing into the fi­nal frame with the lead, Rose said he was still un­easy, as the of­fense had not got­ten into a good rhythm.

The back and forth quar­ter saw Calav­eras get­ting the fi­nal op­por­tu­nity to mount a sus­tained drive in hopes of go­ing in for a touch­down.

“They were driv­ing the field,” Rose said. “They were at the 10-yard line with a minute 30 to play and on fourth down, our de­fense held them. Then we were able to take a cou­ple of knees and run out the clock.”

Though he said the de­fense was a “to­tal team ef­fort” it was Teix­eira who led the squad, record­ing six solo tack­les.

“In­di­vid­u­ally, he gave them fits all night,” Rose said. We forced four turnovers on downs, our de­fense re­ally an­swered the call.”

Escalon had more to­tal yards on of­fense than Calav­eras and par­layed that and the strong de­fen­sive ef­fort into the win to start the sea­son 2-0. They head to Sonora on Fri­day night, Aug. 31 for a 5 p.m. kick­off against the Wild­cats.

FRESH­MEN

A tough start for the youngest Cougars, as they trav­eled to Chavez in Stock­ton for a Thurs­day night game, Aug. 23 and came home af­ter be­ing shut out, 26-0.

It was the first game of the sea­son for the team, which also has not had too much prac­tice time, said first year head coach Joey Costa.

“We have 17 kids and that in­cludes a bunch of begin­ners, for four or five of the kids, they played in their first foot­ball game ever on Thurs­day night,” Costa ex­plained.

“We also weren’t sure we would have a fresh­man pro­gram un­til late so they didn’t have any scrim­mage, just a few prac­tices, it was a tough first run for sure.”

Chavez, mean­while, had mul­ti­ple play­ers on the side­lines to sub in and stay fresh. And de­spite the shutout loss, Costa said the team re­al­izes it was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and just want to grow from here.

“We’ll keep plug­ging away,” he said. “We want to get the kids the ex­pe­ri­ence, that’s the num­ber one goal, just get more kids out, get those num­bers up.”

The fresh­men will be at home Thurs­day night, Aug. 30, host­ing Sonora with a 6 p.m. kick­off.

“We’re hop­ing for a bet- ter out­come,” Costa said.

TIMES PHO­TOS BY MARG JACK­SON

Escalon’s JV quar­ter­back, Ty Har­ris, scram­bles to get away from the Calav­eras de­fense on Fri­day night. Though the of­fense wasn’t as ef­fi­cient as coaches hoped, they did get two scores on the board and the de­fense was stel­lar in a 15-7 Cougar win.

A trio of de­fend­ers is all over the would-be re­ceiver for Calav­eras, break­ing up this pass play in the sec­ond half of Fri­day night’s game.

Af­ter the clock ran out, team­mates Demetrius Teix­eira, left, and Lo­gan Web­ster leap with joy be­fore head­ing to the side­lines to con­grat­u­late their team­mates.

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