Action on the gridiron for the Escalon Outlaws this week saw the teams split their games against the Calaveras Jr. Redskins. Following is a brief recap of each level.
The Escalon Outlaws Varsity continued their fast start with the road game against Calaveras. The Outlaws set the tone stopping the Jr. Redskins on their first possession forcing a punt. Escalon took their first possession in a steady drive that culminated in a tough run through the defense by Damien Tom.
Escalon would score on each of its first three possessions. After Tom’s score the Outlaws reached the end zone on the next two drives with the efforts from the feet of Colton Panero. The offensive line did not have any problems controlling the line of scrimmage. The line is anchored in the center by PJ Flores.
Tom would add another touchdown in the second half taking the ball into the center of the line, then bouncing his run to the outside dragging a defender across the goal line. The Outlaws wanted to show that they were not only a running team and scored through the air on a 55 yard pass from Kaden Christensen to Steven Gately. Gately walked the tight rope along the right sideline while outrunning four defenders to the end zone.
Escalon’s defense continued to strangle their opponents with another shut out. Calaveras could barely move the football rarely crossing into Escalon territory. The final score was 37-0. The Outlaws will next be defending their home field against the Tuolumne Bears, Saturday, Sept. 12.
The Junior Varsity was up to the task against the Jr. Redskins. The Escalon defense squashed Calaveras each time they brought the football to the line of scrimmage. Escalon won the contest 38-0.
Carson Prim was the first to reach pay dirt for the Outlaws. Jacob Redding rushed to the end zone two times himself. In between the touchdowns the Outlaws defense paid dividends with a blocked punt by Luke Anderson that was recovered deep in Calaveras territory.
The Outlaws added two more touchdowns on the ground by Ty Harris and Christian Tinoco. The Outlaws were able to run wild as the offensive line regularly had the defense on their heels, pushing them wherever they wanted to go.
The Escalon Outlaws Novice battled, but came up short 13-0. The Escalon defense held their ground most of the day being led by CJ Miller, Ayden Wilson and Ryker Peters. The Outlaws made it tough for the Jr. Redskins. A couple missteps cost Escalon, allowing long runs from scrimmage to account for the scores.
The Outlaws offense struggled to find a rhythm, only threatening inside the Jr. Redskins red zone one time. The offense did have from bright moments from Caleb Cavanaugh and Owen Nash running well using their blocks to get to the open field.
The Jr. Novice Outlaws worked hard in their exhibition with the Jr. Redskins. Offensively the Outlaws were led by Kyrin Barajas and Jacob Cavanaugh. The defense struggled, but continued to work against the Calaveras offense. The defense was led by Austin Cullum and Hayden McPherson. The Jr. Novice Outlaws play with energy and a “never quit” attitude.