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Perfect Preseason For Escalon's JV Cougars
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Spencer Franceschetti connected on three of four passes on Friday night, and all three went for touchdowns as the JV Cougars got past the visiting Linden Lions, 34-20. The win closed out a perfect 5-0 preseason campaign for the JV boys, but that's going out the window now, with Trans-Valley League play ready to start.

The JV squad, however, gave the crowd at Homecoming lots to cheer about on Friday, getting them warmed up for the varsity contest with some solid ball playing.

Linden struck first, scoring on a 34-yard pass play in the first quarter. They added the extra point and the visitors took a 7-0 lead. Head coach Randy Northcutt doesn't allow his team to panic, though, and the boys answered back on a 33-yeard touchdown from Franceschetti to Brent Nessel. Jason Diniz kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

"We had the ball three or four times in the first quarter, they had it 11," Northcutt said of Linden having the upper hand in the early going. "In the second quarter, we had the ball eight times, but they controlled the game in that quarter too."

Linden may have controlled the game but they didn't get on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Escalon did, Franceschetti and Robert Ladiges hooking up on a 9-yard pass play. This time the kick failed but the host JV team had a 13-7 lead at the half.

"We made some corrections," Northcutt said of the halftime meeting.

It was a different team that came out in the second half for the Cougars, scoring three times in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

"We took the opening kickoff and scored on it," said Northcutt. "We rushed 11 times for 171 yards in the third quarter alone."

Diniz scored on a 6-yard run to cap the opening drive and added the extra point, making it 20-7 Escalon. Franceschetti completed his third pass of the night, a 5-yard strike to Victor Vincent for another touchdown, and the kick was good for a 27-7 lead.