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Shutout Win Over Mustangs For JV Cougar Football Team
JV player Kaden Christensen cuts back across the field to gain some valuable yards against Mountain House in a road win on Friday. Marg Jackson/The Times

In another Trans-Valley League victory, Escalon’s JV Cougars shut out host Mountain House in Friday night action, 37-0. The visiting Escalon squad scored in every quarter, gaining steam as they went.

“We went up 6-0 in the first quarter, it was a 9-yard touchdown reception by Brad DaDalt from Lucca Dutra,” said head coach Andrew Beam. “The point after was no good but it was a tough night to snap the ball, tough to set the ball.”

Rain did fall during the JV contest, though it was just a light mist by the second half.

“In the second quarter, we got the best catch I’ve seen all year, Devin Roberson came down with the ball, he outjumped the defender and had an 11-yard touchdown catch,” Beam noted. “The point after was good and late in the quarter we got a safety to go up 15-0 at half.”

Second half play saw the Cougars hold the host Mustangs to a quick three and out on their first possession, then converting on a possession of their own on a 7-yard touchdown run by Kaden Christensen. A two-point conversion was successful and two more scores in the fourth quarter sealed the win.

“Jordan Gwartney scored on a two-yard run, the kick was good and Ethan Krieger scored on a 49-yard run,” Beam said.

The final point after was good for the 37-0 final, the JV team working hard to keep Mountain House from getting on the board.

“We had 371 yards total for the game, they had 40,” said Beam. “They had two first downs, we had 14, our leading rushers were Kaden Christensen and Jordan Gwartney, Lucca Dutra was 5-for-12 for two touchdowns and 101 yards passing.”

In the wet weather, Brad DaDalt was leading receiver, three catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Now 7-0 overall and 2-0 in league, Escalon now gets ready for a TVL showdown with longtime rival Ripon.

“Ripon beat MC this week so they’re 6-1,” Beam noted. “This is going to be another big TVL rivalry game.”

Kickoff on Friday, Oct. 21 at Engel Field will be at 5:30 p.m.