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Coming in at 4-2, the Mountain House Mustangs have continued steady improvement over the past couple of seasons. Now, they look to give Escalon all they can handle when they arrive at Engel Field for Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 13.

“They were up 21-7 on Ripon last week but Ripon came back and beat them, 33-21,” coach Mark Loureiro said.

Still, the Mustangs put together a 4-1 run through preseason and would like nothing better than to even their Trans-Valley League mark at 1-1 at the expense of the Cougars.

“They are a much improved team,” said Loureiro.

Escalon, though, is coming off a big win over Hilmar and is eager to keep the momentum rolling.

Head coach for Mountain House is Jason McCloskey. Leading players include top rusher Vladik Sutherland, 5-9, 175; running back/defensive back Anakin Zimmermann, 5-5, 140; top linemen are Miguel Nevarez, 6-3, 275; Chase Clements, 5-11, 200; and Jared Hamilton, 5-8, 180.

“There will be a lot of stuff going on for Homecoming but we can’t get caught up in all that distraction,” said Loureiro. “The job of the football team is always to win the Homecoming game … we can’t let down, this is a serious ball game for us.”