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Homecoming Shutout Victory For JV Football
Holding their opponent to zeroes across the board, Escalon's JV football team scored in three of four quarters to take a convincing 27-0 win off the field on Friday night.

It was a happy start to a successful Homecoming, said JV coach Randy Northcutt.

"We moved some people around and it worked well," he said. "Brandon Grogan called a good game at quarterback, the offensive line did well, especially on the left side with Garrett Denczek, Gonzo Gonzalez and Logan Widmer."

Defensively, the leading tacklers for the JV team were Caleb Mullen, Chris Pilcher and Russell Thurman, with Pilcher and Adam Roberson recording sacks. Grogan added an interception and Travis Nascimento had a fumble recovery, as the Cougars put the hurt on the visiting Warriors.

Getting the scoring started in the first quarter, Christian May went in a 2-yard run, with the kick after good by Grogan.

Second quarter it was May again, this time on an 81-yard run with the kick good to put the host team up 14-0 at half.

The second half kickoff went to Grogan, who returned it 74 yards for the score and then added the extra point to extend the lead to 21-0.

The final touchdown of the night came later in the third quarter, Caleb Mullen finding Garrett Denczek on a 49-yard pass play for the score. The kick after was no good, but the JV Cougars were in command at 27-0.

"We had 413 total yards of offense," said Northcutt, with the Cougars collecting 12 first downs, rushing 40 times for 258 yards. Orestimba had just 40 yards rushing and managed just 103 total yards on the night. They completed three of 12 pass attempts. Escalon completed just one of five, but it went for a touchdown.

Grogan turned in an outstanding performance, rushing six times for 45 yards, returning three punts for 32 yards and one kickoff return for 74 yards, rolling up 151 yards of offense by himself.

Mullen completed the pass and leading rushers were May, seven carries for 102 yards and Wesley Dick, 19 carries for 101 yards.

"Matthew Gallego had a good game on the defensive line, as did Adam Roberson," added Northcutt. "Russell Thurman gave us a good game at outside back and Javier Perez, at defensive back, did a good job."

The JV boys have a bye this week in league, so will have extra time to prepare for their Oct. 19 battle at home, hosting Hilmar.

"We're still in the hunt, still in the running," Northcutt said of battling for the league's top spot.