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Cougars Celebrate Seniors, Victory in Varsity Football
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Senior back Matthew Baptista, 6, takes the pass reception and outruns the Riverbank defense in first quarter play on Friday. It resulted in a touchdown, on the Cougars second possession of the game, helping establish a 34-0 lead at the end of the first quarter of varsity football action in Engel Memorial Stadium. - photo by Ric McGinnis/The Times
Junior tackle Greg Adams, 52, is part of the containment Escalon's defense was able to manage over the Bruins in last week's TVL varsity football game. - photo by Ric McGinnis/The Times

Fans of Escalon varsity football recognized senior players and their families before the Cougars’ last appearance in a home game this year, and celebrated an easy victory over nearby rival Riverbank in last week's Trans-Valley League contest.

The Bruins won the coin toss and elected to kickoff for the first half, and things went quite a bit downhill for them from there.

The Cougars were able to pull off a long score on the first play of their series, then the defense contained Riverbank to just 3-and-out in their possession.

The next round on Escalon offense, the home team pulled off a long run, resulting in another TD, and Riverbank just couldn't seem to get their offense on track. The first quarter ended 34-0, Cougars.

The half ended, 41-0. Riverbank was finally able to get on the board, with a touchdown in the third quarter, but no point after, but Escalon also scored, leaving the period ending, 48-6.

The game final was 55-6, with the Cougars scoring in each of the four quarters.

EHS senior cheerleaders and their families were recognized at halftime.

Escalon's TVL record stands at 2-2, and 5-3 overall. Riverbank is 0-8 overall, 0-4 TVL.

EHS is set to play at Ripon High this Friday and at Livingston next Friday.