Calaveras started slow, got better as the day got warmer, and then got feisty to end the 3-way 7-on-7 football scrimmage Saturday at Delta College in Stockton.
Calaveras had its hands full against Edison and had trouble stopping the upper-division team. The San Andreas team then whipped Mother Lode League foe Linden before ending with an intense match against Escalon as players exchanged words and coaches had to escort their players off the field.
Calaveras scored a pair of touchdowns against Edison with Triston Madsen and Cesar Vazquez scoring. But the Vikings scored three touchdowns and was ahead 24-14 at the end.
Calaveras got rolling against Linden, scoring all four times they had the ball and the fifth they were stopped because time ran out.
Vazquez scored twice and Madsen and Kyle Byrd also scored.
Shad Nordahl made an interception with the Lions driving toward the Calaveras goal line.
The final battle was against the Escalon Cougars.
The teams have played in the regular season each of the last three years with the Cougars winning twice by touchdown margins. Calaveras rolled to a 45-16 victory last year.
Each team scored twice but extra points were the difference and Escalon narrowly prevailed.
Nordahl scored both touchdowns for Calaveras and also made his second interception of the day.
The intense match ended with players exchanging words and coaches making sure the verbal exchange didn’t escalate.
Calaveras will play the Cougars for the fourth straight year Sept. 1 in Escalon.
The captains for Calaveras were Chance Norton in the first game, center John Kelly in the second and Nordahl in the third.
Calaveras will compete in another 7-on-7 Thursday at Stagg High School.