The Escalon Outlaws were home this week after spending two weeks on the road during the early Motherlode Valley Football League season. This week’s opponent was the AMA Bullfrogs traveling from Angels Camp, Murphys and Arnold. The Bullfrogs came in with an 0-3 record to face the varsity Outlaws, coming in with a record of 2–1. Escalon was looking to build on the momentum established during the victory last week against the Amador Jr. Buffalos.
AMA would have the first try to put a tally on the scoreboard. After a steady drive the Bullfrogs would stall on the Outlaws’ 4-yard line fumbling the ball away. Tate Christensen would cover the loose ball to give possession to the Outlaws. Escalon would get out from the shadow of their own goal post with their potent running attack. The offense would open up when Donovan Rozevink found Owen Nash down the right sideline for a 40-yard gain. Rozevink would exploit the Bullfrog defensive secondary again on another 37-yard connection to Nash for the touchdown. The point after touchdown kick by Jacob Martin would split the uprights giving the Outlaws a 7-0 lead.
Escalon would score again after forcing AMA to turn the ball over on downs. The Outlaws would rip off chunks of yardage when Rozevink located an open Logan Anderson behind the defense for a 40-yard gain on fourth down and short yardage to gain. Rozevink would score with a 7-yard run around the left end breaking back against the grain of the pursuit. The point after kick would be missed, but the lead would grow to 13-0.
The Outlaws would grow the lead to 19-0 with the first possession of the third quarter. Again, Escalon would rip off large chunks of yardage on the ground with runs by Matthew Baptista, Ryker Peters and Anderson. Rozevink would finish the drive with a run from 4-yards out. AMA would have an answer for this score pushing into the Escalon end zone themselves. The point after conversion was successfully run in closing the margin to 19-8.
After exchanging possessions, Escalon would score from a short field when AMA turned the ball over on downs on their own 19-yard line. Sam Hinojosa sacked the AMA quarterback as he looked downfield for any open receiver. Anderson would score from the 4-yard line. Martin would be successful on the point after kick extending the Escalon lead to 26-8. The Outlaws’ defense would add to the tally on the scoreboard when Ayden Wilson intercepted an AMA pass returning it 30 yards into the end zone. Martin’s kick was true again pushing the lead further to 33-8. AMA would scratch out one more score before the final horn would sound ending the scoring at 33-14.
The Outlaws will be celebrating Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 15. They will be facing a newcomer to the Motherlode Valley Football League in the form of the Central Valley 49ers.
The Jr. Varsity Outlaws were looking to stay undefeated hosting the visiting AMA Bullfrogs. AMA would have the ball first but fumble the ball away. Ignacio Barajas would fall on the loose ball to give Escalon their first possession. The Outlaws could not take advantage, fumbling the ball right back. The Escalon defense would force the Bullfrogs to turn the ball over on downs in their own territory. Jimmy Auble would take the ball for the first score for the Outlaws. The point after kick was missed, but the Outlaws would lead 6-0.
Ryan Lewis would race 41 yards on the Outlaws’ next possession. The point after kick by Josue Limones would make it through extending the lead to 14-0. From this point in the game the match would be a lopsided affair. The Bullfrogs’ offense could do little against the potent Escalon defense. The Bullfrogs rarely crossed the line of scrimmage. The defense was led by Auble, Ruben Moreno, Lewis and Anthony Jones.
Touchdowns would be added by Alan Jimenez, Limones, Hayden McPherson, and Jacob Cavanaugh. The final tally would be 50-0.
It is a meeting of undefeated teams on Sept. 15 when the Outlaws face off against the Central Valley 49ers for Homecoming.
The young Outlaws were able to put the loss from last week in the rear-view mirror. This week’s match up was just what the doctor ordered to get back on the winning track and build some confidence.
The Outlaws defense was stingy to say the least, keeping the visiting Bullfrogs off of the scoreboard. Houston Sizuela collected a fumble, and Conner McDowell recovered two loose muffed kick-offs, giving Escalon the ball right back after scores.
Kyrin Barajas had three touchdown runs all from well outside the Bullfrogs’ red zone. Jeremy Grivette, Noah Dooley, Ben Gonzalez, and Mason Fiser also contributed scores in the one-sided contest. The final score would read 61-0.
The young Outlaws will try to climb above the .500 mark on Saturday, Sept. 15 during their Homecoming game against the Central Valley 49ers.