Hughson, Escalon renew storied rivalry on Friday night

jcortez@modbee.comOctober 3, 2013 

In this week's Stanislaus Football Weekly, The Bee's Joe Cortez, Brian VanderBeek and Ron Agostini discuss Larry Shimel, the remaining unbeaten teams, this week's big games, tri-tips and more. (Brian Clark/bclark@modbee.com)

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Twice, in the 1990s, Hughson and Escalon took turns wearing the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 crown.

After Hughson won back-to-back banners in 1991-92, Escalon won it all in 1993. Three years later Escalon won it again, followed by Hughson the next season.

In 2000, each school won titles: the Huskies in Division 3 and the Cougars in Division 4.

Since that season, however, this once-storied rivalry has lost some of its zip.

Escalon has won four section titles — and one state championship — in the last 13 years, while Hughson has had eight losing seasons during that same stretch.

All that changes tonight.

Hughson is off to a 4-0 and is a real contender for the Trans-Valley League title. Escalon, despite its 2-3 overall record, still is plenty formidable.

The Cougars' losses this season have come to Los Banos, Patterson — by one point in double-overtime — and to undefeated Ripon.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Engel Field.

GREGORI at DOWNEY, 7:30 p.m. — The Jaguars (4-1) have been the Modesto Metro Conference's most consistent team, but after a 3-0 start, they lost to Liberty Ranch and then played unevenly in last week's win over Modesto — falling behind 19-0 before rallying for 22 unanswered points.

Downey (3-2) also has been up and down. Blowout victories have been followed by blowout losses. The Knights beat Johansen 56-13 last week.

Maybe not a good sign?

CENTRAL CATHOLIC at PACHECO, 7 p.m. — This game features two of the toughest runners in the Stanislaus District: The Raiders' 5-10, 210-pound Matt Ringer, who rushed for a career-high 272 yards against McClymonds (Oakland) on Sept. 13, and the Panthers' 6-2, 227-pound Frank Ginda, coming off a 292-yard performance against Central Valley last week.

Check out what The Bee's sports writers have to say about tonight's games by watching Stanislaus Football Weekly at www.modbee.com/sports-video.

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