The Varsity Outlaws were on the road this week visiting their perennial rival Hughson Huskies. The Outlaws were building on a three-game winning streak, trying to solidify their position in the Motherlode Valley Football League standings. The Outlaws are tied for second place with three other teams but will only get to play one team that they are tied with during the remaining three weeks of the season, making each game important.
Escalon would kick the ball off to open the game and start on defense. The Outlaws would stand tall and force an early turnover on downs at midfield. Escalon’s first possession would not go as planned, plagued by fumbled exchanges and penalties. A fumbled snap would give the ball back to Hughson. The Huskies looked for a quick strike after the Escalon turnover looking for a deep ball behind the Outlaws’ defense. Owen Nash would step in front of the receiver for the interception. This would be a turnover for each team on back-to-back plays.
Escalon would start their second possession from the Huskies’ 40 yard line. The Outlaws would make the most of this opportunity and cash in their offensive opportunity. Donovan Rozevink would find an open Nash behind the Huskies’ defense for a 30-yard pass and run. Jacob Martin would boot the point after kick through the uprights giving Escalon a 7-0 lead.
Hughson would get their first score after exchanging miscues with the Outlaws but would not get the point after kick to go through making the score 7-6. The Outlaws did not wait long for their next chance to score. The ensuing kick-off was mishandled by the Huskies and recovered by the Outlaws on the Hughson 35 yard line. The Outlaws found the end zone with another point after kick by Martin making the score 14-6. Hughson would score on the ensuing kick-off with a 90-yard return. The point after kick failed but closed the scoring gap to 14-12 in favor of the Outlaws.
Escalon would score with their next possession when Matthew Baptista broke a run off of the right tackle to scamper 50 yards into the Hughson end zone. The point after kick would be converted again by Martin pushing the score to 21-12 Outlaws.
Tate Christensen would recover a loose ball in Hughson territory to give the Outlaws another scoring chance on a short field. Runs by Anderson and Rozevink would set up the scoring by Baptista. The point after kick was true again by Martin extending the lead to 28-12. The Escalon offense would tack on two more scores with mainly a ground assault. The score would be final at 41-12.
Christensen, CJ Miller, Ayden Wilson, and Logan Anderson led the defensive efforts pressuring the Huskies all game long.
Escalon will be home on Sept. 29 in the friendly confines of Engel Field to face the Linden Lions. Linden will be bringing in a similar record of 5-1 in an important contest with definite playoff implications.
The Jr. Varsity Outlaws needed to the bounce back after a tough loss last week. A win this week against the home Hughson Huskies would be a boost in both confidence and in the league standings.
The Outlaws would battle the Huskies to a quadruple-overtime match only to falter on the last possession by the Huskies. The final score would be a heartbreaking 18-12. This game would turn out to be another hard fought, nail-biting battle where the Outlaws came up short.
Jamin Miller and Ruben Moreno supplied the offensive punch scoring a touchdown each. The defensive effort for the Outlaws would be led by Ignacio Barajas, Moreno, Ryan Lewis, Miller and Anthony Jones.
The Outlaws will host the Linden Lions on Saturday, looking to get back in the win column.
The Novice Outlaws faced the home Hughson Huskies carrying the same record, 2-3. Both teams are hanging on to the last spots in the playoff picture. A win would be huge for either team, as it would mean a boost in those standings.
Kyrin Barajas would score in the first quarter of play to give Escalon an early lift, but that energy would be short lived. The offense could not find any traction or rhythm to mark the scoreboard again.
Houston Sizeula did his best on defense to give the offense opportunities, causing two fumbles. Jeremy Grivette would fall on one of the loose balls to contribute to the defensive efforts. Escalon would fall 31-6.
Another big match-up waits this week as the Linden Lions come to Engel Field.
The youngest Outlaws need another win to build confidence and reinforce the lessons learned on the practice field.
The Outlaws took it to the Huskies in a 5-1 victory. Aiden Cavanaugh and Ian Trejo each had TWO scores. Benett Guevara chipped in one score as well. The offensive line displayed dominant blocking opening holes for what turned out to be a potent running attack.
Brian Zuniga, Allie Fiser and Cavanaugh made things difficult for the Hughson offense. The youngest of the Outlaws will be back on the field this Saturday, Sept. 29 facing the Linden Lions at home.