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Special Celebration For Senior Night
Nineteen players and eight cheerleaders were recognized on Friday night, saluted for their years of dedication and hard work on behalf of Escalon High School.

It was 'Senior Night' at Engel Field and the congratulations were offered to those football players and cheerleaders that have been a part of many memorable Friday night contests during their high school careers. Recognition came in between the JV and varsity games, with cheerleaders announced first, presenting a flower to family members that came to join them on the field.

Head football coach Mark Loureiro then offered a personal thanks to each of his seniors, who then also presented a flower to their family members. A special bouquet was presented to Lisa Loureiro for her support of husband Mark, the football team and the school.

Escalon High School Principal Joel Johannsen also had a special presentation to make, with the game ball from Loureiro's 200th career coaching victory presented in a special display case. The historic win came on Nov. 7 at home against Modesto Christian.

"Over the last 20 years, coach Lou has maintained an amazing winning streak, averaging 10 wins per year over that stretch," Johannsen told the crowd in prepared remarks. "Sustaining such a record requires many things: a quality program, strong community support, talented athletes, but most importantly, a committed and innovative coach and coaching staff."

With his varsity players looking on and a huge crowd in the stands for the Senior Night festivities, Loureiro was presented the historic game ball.

"Over the last 20 years you have made a positive impact on countless students both on the field and in the classroom," Johannsen said in presenting the award. "You have taught them the importance of valor, compassion, respect and the pursuit of victory with honor."

Following the special ceremonies, the varsity Cougars went on to win the football game, 41-13, over visiting Ripon (See story, photos in Sports, Page B1) and will start the road to UOP with a first round home playoff game on Friday, Nov. 21 hosting Calaveras with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Gates at Engel Field will open at 6:30 p.m.