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Road Game Goes In Loss Column For Varsity Gridders
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An overall solid team effort - punctuated by a couple of costly mistakes - resulted in a 28-13 loss on the road for Escalon's varsity Cougar football team on Friday night.

They were at Patterson, which hosted a huge celebration to inaugurate a new field and stadium, and the Tigers sent their fans home happy with the win.

"We just watched the film again and we played pretty well," head coach Mark Loureiro said after Sunday afternoon's coaches' huddle. "We made a few mistakes that hurt us ... we didn't catch a break."

The Cougars were also forced to play about half the game without starting quarterback Nick Aprile, who was bothered by cramps throughout the game.

Still, coach Loureiro said he was satisfied with the overall effort and feels that his team was competitive with the Tigers and even improved from their last outing, a win at home in the season opener on Sept. 7.

"The effort was there," Loureiro agreed. "The kids just had a couple of breakdowns."

Escalon also had a couple of touchdowns called back, a run by Aprile that was negated on a holding call and another on an illegal procedure.

Loureiro said he felt the holding call was questionable, but had no problem with the illegal procedure penalty.

"Either one of those scores would have put us up 14-7 and it could have changed the game," he said.

Even playing just half the game, Aprile was the leading rusher for the Cougars, gaining 139 yards on the ground in just a dozen carries.

Jesus Duran added 55 yards rushing on 15 carries and Jake Loureiro was the leading receiver, pulling down three catches for 38 yards.

"Rocky Overturf had a real nice effort on our second touchdown, on an 8 yard run and we had 301 total yards," Loureiro said.

Escalon struck first, with Jesus Duran scoring on a 2-yard run in the first quarter. He added the kick for a 7-0 Cougar lead.