The Escalon Outlaws were on the road visiting the Salida Steeler-Jags in hopes to continue their season winning streak. The varsity Outlaws were not only battling the home Steeler-Jags, but the weather was unseasonably hot for the third day of fall.
Escalon did not hesitate, however, making short work of the Salida defense. The Outlaws offensive line opened a gaping hole in the left side of the Steeler-Jags defense for Luke Anderson to bolt through. Anderson sprinted 39 yards mostly untouched into the Salida end zone. The point-after touchdown kick was converted by Fabian Torres giving the Outlaws a quick 8-0 lead.
Escalon’s defense kept the Steeler-Jags in a pressure cooker. The Salida offense made very little headway against the defensive front of the Outlaws. The front line of the defense was manned by Jacob Redding, Shane Campbell, Wyatt Dean, Demetirus Teixeira, and Alex Guevara.
The Outlaws offense would score again in the second quarter with a 2-yard plunge into the middle of the line by Anderson. Torres would again convert the point-after kick extending Escalon’s lead to 16-0.
Escalon would open the second half with an on-side kick that was recovered by Campbell. Anderson would tote the ball one more time through the heart of the Salida defense bouncing off of would-be tacklers barreling 20 yards for another touchdown. The point-after was not converted this time, but the Outlaws would still enjoy a 22-0 advantage. Salida would work the ball steadily toward the Escalon end zone after the ensuing kick-off. The Steeler-Jags were able to break the shutout with a short pass over the middle between defenders. The point-after conversion was run in chipping away some of the Outlaws’ advantage, making the score 22-7.
Escalon would grind away the remaining minutes of the third quarter and a considerable amount of the beginning of the fourth to score again. Torres would take the ball on a sweep around the left end in a race to the end zone pylon. Torres would then convert the point-after kick pushing the score to 30-7 in favor of the visiting Outlaws. The Steeler-Jags were able to add a late touchdown and conversion to take the score to its final 30-14.
The JV Escalon Outlaws looked to extend their league winning streak that reaches back into last season. The Outlaws also renewed a rivalry that began last year with two hard fought games with the home Steeler-Jags.
Escalon’s defense would force Salida to turn the football over on downs. Escalon would make short work of the Salida defense as Christian Tinoco would slash chunks of yards carrying the ball deep into the Steeler-Jags defensive secondary. JP Lial would make the most of this drive toting the ball the final 16 yards into the end zone. Alfonzo Gonzalez would convert the point-after kick giving Escalon an early 8-0 lead.
The Salida defense would stiffen to match the Escalon defensive effort to keep the score 8-0 as the first half came to a close. Escalon was threatening, but time was not on their side. The first half clock expired with Escalon inside the Salida 20-yard line.
Escalon’s offense would not even have to take the field to begin the second half to extend their lead. Gonzalez received the second half kick-off and raced 70 yards down the left sideline into the end zone. Gonzalez would add the point-after kick extending the lead to 16-0. Salida answered taking the ensuing kick-off on a scoring drive of their own. The point-after conversion was run in closing the scoring gap 16-7.
The Outlaws would score again as JP Lial would break through the left side of the Salida defense from 10 yards out. The point-kick could not be converted, but the Escalon lead would grow to 22-7. Tinoco would carry the ball on a 45-yard touchdown run of his own racing around the left edge and weaving through the defensive secondary. The point-after kick was true extending the lead further to 30-7. The offensive line of Ayden Wilson, Anthony White, Sebastian Snow, Garrison Gerber and Omar Serrano-Marrufo displayed dominance in the trenches giving the Outlaws running backs plenty of room to run.
The Outlaws defense kept the Steeler-Jags from getting to the sideline with excellent defensive end play from EJ Lewis and Tyler Medina. The defensive edge also received support from the defensive backs Tinoco and Gonzalez.
Salida would add a late touchdown and point-after conversion to close the gap to 30-14, but the Steeler-Jags would get no closer.
The young Outlaws were looking to turn around a difficult season visiting the Salida Steeler-Jags. Escalon looked to be up to the task moving the ball on the ground with strong gains by the fullback Ryan Lewis. He would benefit from hard fought running lanes provided by Giovanni Chavez, Ian Burk, Anthony Jones, Gideon Gerber, and Cameron Dalpogetti. The Outlaws could not capitalize on the success they experienced between the 30-yard lines.
Escalon would hold Salida in a scoreless tie for three quarters, but would surrender three scores in the fourth to fall 18-0.
The youngest of the Outlaws were able to show their stuff against the hosting Salida Steeler-Jags. They all showed that they will be ready to compete when the time comes for them to don the Escalon uniform as they get older. Andrew Munoz was able to wrangle the Salida ball carrier on multiple occasions. Daniel Lopez-Marrufo was able to connect with his receiver from the quarterback position when passing at the Jr. Novice level is rarely seen. Logan Wentzell showed that he is willing to learn and improve at defensive end.
The Outlaws will be on the road this coming week, traveling to Linden to face the Junior Lions on Saturday, Oct. 1.