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Annual Wing-T Gets Cougars Prepped For Title Defense
Eighty-three Cougars strapped on the shoulder pads, put on the helmets, and got an up close and personal look at some of the best football players in the region during the three-day Wing T camp hosted at Escalon High.

The weather was picture perfect for the gridiron camp, with highs topping out in the mid-80s and with a constant breeze.

"I'm really happy about it, we had good, equal representation from the frosh-soph and the varsity level, we had 42 kids from the frosh-soph and 41 varsity kids," said Escalon head coach Mark Loureiro.

Camp ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the Cougar players having an up and down day on Friday, but hitting their stride on Saturday.

"We had to shake a few cobwebs out," agreed Loureiro. "We really picked it up on the second day, I felt we knocked the dust off and we saw some really good competition at camp."

Several Bay Area teams were on hand, as well as those from a little further south.

Loureiro said the camp was also good for his team in that they got a few looks at players in different positions, experimenting with the line up and seeing where people might fit the best.

Escalon is coming off a stellar season, one in which they were undefeated in the Trans-Valley League, claimed the Section crown and then defeated Madison of San Diego for the State Championship on a rainy day in southern California in December.

"It seemed like a never-ending season," said Loureiro, adding that it still felt good to get back on the field and see his team taking snaps and working on passing and blocking schemes.

"We've put some new stuff in," he said. "We're getting back in the groove."

Several EHS coaches assisted at the camp in addition to the traveling crew that puts on the three-day events across the country. Loureiro typically joins them for a few camps after the Escalon Wing T and he was scheduled to leave early Tuesday for La Jolla.

"Then I will go back east with them for three camps, one in Delaware, one in Pennsylvania, one in New Jersey," he explained.