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Tokay drops season opener

Tokay receiver Joshua Kirchner (3) hauls in a pass between Heritage cornerback Hunter Dixon (25) and linebacker Nick Filurdo during Tokay's loss on Friday in Brentwood. (Mike Bush/News-Sentinel) BRENTWOOD — Two long touchdown passes were plusses for the Tokay High football team against Heritage. But the host Patriots shot down late offensive pushes by the Tigers. That led to Heritage posting a 38-14 win over Tokay (0-1) in the season opener for both squads. The Patriots led 7-0 early in the third quarter when Tokay tied the game with 8:47 remaining. Quarterback Daniel Garlick connected with wide receiver Joseph Heryford for an 80-yard sideline pass. Heryford broke free from a Patriot cornerb

Experienced Tigers have sights set on playoff spots

The 2017 Tokay High football team (Mike Bush/News-Sentinel) A solid group of seniors who have gained experience. That is what Tokay High football coach Michael Holst feels about this year’s team. Of the 49-player roster, 27 players are seniors. Last season, Tokay posted a 2-3 record in the Tri-City Athletic League and 4-6 overall. “Our core group of seniors understands what we are doing, and how we need to do it to be successful,” Holst said. Blend together with the junior class, which went 7-3 overall and 2-3 in the TCAL as last year’s frosh-soph team, and there are reasons why Holst and his coaching staff have high expectations this season, and going into 2018. “There’s always a learning c

Tigers ready to kick off season

Junior running back Nathan Branco looks for an opening against East Union during a scrimmage on Friday August 18, 2017 (Mike Bush/News-Sentinel) Josh Kirchner is coming home. The Tokay High football player, a senior wide receiver and defensive back, played his first-ever game as a youth at Heritage High of Brentwood 11 years ago. Today at 7 p.m., Kirchner and Tokay open the season against Heritage. Tokay is one of two Lodi area prep squads opening the season, with Liberty Ranch being the other one. “Pretty cool way to start the year for him,” said Tokay coach Michael Holst of Kirchner. “Now, he gets to play his final first high school football game this season.” Tokay (4-6 last season) is lo

Tigers moving to a different beat

One of the most important pieces of equipment for the Tokay High football team sat at the south end of Hubbard Field during Thursday’s practice. A boom box that played a mixture of old school rhythm and blues to today’s top 40 music. “It’s something the kids wanted to do,” explained Tokay coach Michael Holst. “We’ve had it out before. It keeps the energy up at practice.” The Tiger players and coaches equally decide what songs and artists are played at the practices. “There’s a mix of stuff on there,” Holst said. “You’re kind of getting old when you start asking for songs that you don’t know what the heck they are talking about. We’ll keep extending the selection a little bit. We try to run i