Escalon at Calaveras is the first of 11 games on the San Andreas school’s 2019 varsity football schedule and first-year head coach Doug Clark hopes to get off to a positive start at 7 p.m. Friday at Frank Meyer Field.

“Our preseason we make it tough for a reason,” Clark said at practice earlier this month. “All five of our non-league opponents made the playoffs last year, so we know we have our work cut out.”

This is a non-league game for Calaveras. Anyone who’s followed Calaveras for a decade knows the history with Escalon.

Escalon High School is in San Joaquin County about 40 miles southwest of San Andreas. They play in the Trans Valley League. The Cougars opened their 2019 season with a non-league 58-0 home win over Union Mine High School of El Dorado. They finished 9-3 last year.

Calaveras lost to Escalon 21-7 last year in Escalon, and finished 7-5 overall and 4-1 in Mother Lode League play. Calaveras beat Escalon in 2017 and 2016, and lost to Escalon in 2015 and 2014.

Escalon’s recent dominant seasons include finishes of 11-3 in 2012, 13-1 in 2011, and 14-1-0 with a section championship in 2010. In that 2010 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title game, Escalon beat Calaveras 22-20 to win it.

After Escalon, Calaveras continues their non-league season with games Sept. 6 at Modesto Christian, Sept. 13 at home versus Ripon, Sept. 20 at Bradshaw Christian, and Sept. 27 at home against Stellar Prep.

Calaveras starts Mother Lode League play Oct. 4 with homecoming and a home game against Summerville, followed by visits to Amador and Sonora, and home games against Argonaut and Bret Harte.

“Each league team has a solid coaching staff,” Clark said. “We have to be aware of every one of them.”

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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