With a solid effort on both sides of the ball, Escalon’s JV football team took a big win off the field from visiting Hughson on Friday night.
Head coach Andrew Beam said it was a satisfying evening, upending the Huskies by a 40-19 final.
“I thought our run game was unbelievable,” Beam noted. “We had 412 rushing yards and the third quarter was the most impressive quarter for the season, we had 17 running plays, 236 yards in that quarter.”
The JV Cougars didn’t even throw a pass in the second half of the game, the coach added, leading 21-13 at the midpoint of the contest.
The teams were tied 7-7 after one quarter, Escalon had the 21-13 lead after two. Extending the lead in the pivotal third quarter, the JV Cougars were up 33-19 headed into the fourth quarter and added one final score in the final frame to seal the victory.
Quarterback Steven Grossi connected on five-of-eight pass attempts for 59 yards and a touchdown.
“Tanner McCrary had the big catch of the night,” noted Beam. “It was on a fourth and 4 in the first quarter when we were down 7-0; he made the catch in the end zone for a touchdown.”
Also scoring for Escalon were Mark DeHaven (13 carries, 115 yards), Rex Robbins, 7-for-97; Hugo Alcala, 6-for-89 and Elliot Mello, with two touchdowns on the night. Rodrigo DeMelo tacked on the extra points.
“Everybody got involved,” Beam added. “One of our best kids (Jake Lawrence) had torn his ACL and MCL in practice so we had to move guys around, they played outstanding defense.”
Freshman Nash Satnat stepped up and had seven tackles on the night, Mello had two sacks and the offensive line offered tremendous protection and blocking. Those O line players recognized by Beam were Stephen Mendez, Trent Cummings, Eduardo Marrufo, Paul Ayala and Grant Pearce.
For the JV team, it was nice to get in the win column in their first Trans-Valley League game of the season. But a tough TVL schedule for the young Cougars doesn’t get any easier this week, as they head out on the road to take on Hilmar in Friday night action, Oct. 16.
“They are really tough at home,” Beam said of the Yellowjackets. “But we hope to be 2-0 after Friday.”