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JV Football Cougars Roll Past Mustangs
Escalon JV head coach Andrew Beam offers some instruction during a timeout in recent football action. The JV Cougar boys pummeled Mountain House, 58-0 on Friday, and head to Ripon this week for a showdown of undefeated league teams. Marg Jackson/The Times


Scoring early and often, the host Escalon junior varsity Cougars rolled up 368 total yards of offense and got touchdowns from six different players in shutting out Mountain House, 58-0.

“We got everybody in, we had 14 different guys carry the football, six different guys scored,” noted head coach Andrew Beam. “It was a lot of fun to get guys in that aren’t starters, put in some of those freshmen we brought up, rest some starters.”

Escalon scored 27 points in the first quarter, staking their claim to home field advantage early in the game. They were up 41-0 at the half, 51-0 after three and closed it out with one final fourth quarter touchdown, winning 58-0.

“They had 22 total yards,” Beam said of the visiting Mustangs.

Scoring for Escalon were Mark DeHaven, on runs of 8 and 16 yards; Nick DeWeerd on runs of 12 and 38 yards, along with rushing touchdowns from Jake Lewis (10 yards), Frank Leal (12), Livius Seung (17) and Rhys Panero, 5 yards.

Rodrigo DeMelo hit seven of eight of his point after attempts.

“He also had a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter,” Beam said of his kicker.

Defensive leaders included Cuyler Crawford with five tackles, Nick Lattig with two sacks and a batted down pass, Hugo Alcala with an interception and DeWeerd with an interception and solid play from his corner position.

The win lifted Escalon to 3-0 in Trans-Valley League play, 7-1 overall.

This week, they head to nearby Ripon for a battle of TVL undefeated teams.

“They’re 6-2 overall, we are both undefeated in league,” Beam explained. “This will be a TVL showdown; you wouldn’t want it any other way with your rivals.”

Kickoff in Ripon will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.