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Trip To Patterson Successful For JV Football Cougars
On paper, the JV Cougars got outplayed in Patterson on Friday night.

Good thing for them, however, paper didn't translate to scoreboard and the JV squad walked off the new field with a 32-19 win over the host Tigers.

Escalon scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, added a touchdown and a field goal in the second and tacked on one more touchdown in the third. Patterson countered with single touchdown strikes in the first, second and third quarters.

"We played a good game," head coach Randy Northcutt said. "We do need to work on our blocking."

Northcutt said his squad churned up the turf with their running game in the first quarter, amassing 93 yards rushing in that frame alone. He was feeling good about it, he said, until he looked at the stats and saw that Patterson had rolled up 122 yards rushing.

"That first quarter was kind of wild," he said. "The defense did good after that first quarter and we moved the ball pretty well on the ground."

Jason Diniz went in on an 11-yard run to open the scoring in the first quarter and he also added the point after. Patterson tied it up on a 16-yard run with the extra point, but Escalon regained the lead on a 6-yard run from Steven Silva. He also ran in the 2-point conversion, with the JV squad leading 15-7 after one.

An interception by Diniz was returned 41 yards for the score, the kick was good and the Cougars extended the lead to 22-7. Patterson closed the gap with a 9-yard run but the 2-point conversion failed, making it 22-13.

"Diniz drilled a 41-yard field goal to make it 25-13 at the half," Northcutt said.