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Fast start propels Tokay to first league win

Wide receiver Nick Elliott catches one of his six passes on the night in a 32-14 win over West. (Kristina Lewis) TRACY — All the Tokay High football team needed was 11 seconds. That is when the Tigers saw their Tri-City Athletic League game against West went from being a tied contest to taking control at Steve Lopez Stadium. That led to Tokay posting a 32-14 victory over the Wolf Pack, spoiling their homecoming festivities, on Friday night. The win snapped a four-game losing skid for Tokay (1-3 in the TCAL, 3-6), which scored a combined 13 points during that span. The last time the Tigers tasted victory was on Sept. 15, when they knocked off Chavez 58-40 in a non-league game in Stockton. The

A pregame sports smorgasboard

Tony's Pizza is sometimes the pre-game meal of choice for the Tigers. Along with pizza, the Tokay Football Booster Club also provides salad, fruit, water and Gatorade. In his third season as the Tokay football coach, Michael Holst, his assistant coaches and players feast inside the school’s cafeteria on Wednesdays the weeks the Tigers have a home game. That is because the Tokay Football Boster Club runs the concession stand at the Grape Bowl during the Tokay freshmen football home games. Tony’s Pizzeria in Lodi donates three types of pizza for the Tiger players and coaches; pepperoni, cheese and combination. Holst confesses that most of his players lean toward the pepperoni. Various types of

Trojans keep Tigers at bay

Senior linebacker David Cooley-Scott tackles Lincoln's Merle Bass Friday night in the Tigers 55-10 loss to the Trojans. (Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel) Tokay High’s football team completed its run through the tough half of the league with Friday’s 55-10 loss to Lincoln at the Grape Bowl. The schedule gets easier for the second half of Tri-City Athletic League play, and the Tigers did see a few positives from their latest loss. “We popped a couple of big plays,” Tokay coach Michael Holst said about a second-quarter drive that resulted in Tokay’s first touchdown in more than a month, a 13-yard Daniel Garlick run. “We had a tipped pass that bounced into another guy’s hands, and he stuck with it. The

Tigers look to end scoring drought

Cory Glasgow (22) runs the ball against McNair's defense earlier in the year. (Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel) California ended its drought earlier this year. The Tokay High football team is looking to snap its 36 days of not scoring a touchdown. Today at the Grape Bowl at 7:15 p.m., Tokay (0-2 in the TCAL, 2-5) is looking to break into the end zone against a Tri-City Athletic League squad that is making its second consecutive week of playing at the bowl in Lincoln (2-0 in the TCAL, 4-3). One word sums up the Tigers’ practices this week, according to Tokay coach Michael Holst — intensity. “Our first three practices this week have been excellent,” Holst said. “We have been focused on the game plan,

Tracy runs away with victory on homecoming

Quarterback Daniel Garlick (10) runs the ball against St. Mary's on Friday October 6, 2017. (Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel) Tracy High needed just a minute to score its first touchdown on Tokay on Friday, and the Bulldogs didn’t let up from there, scoring often in a 62-0 rout in a Tri-City Athletic League football game. Tracy quarterback Logan Fife threw three touchdowns in the first quarter — a 25-yard strike to Anthony Buckhanan, a 7-yard score to Xavier Moore and a 19-yarder to Moore — and the Bulldogs defense added two more on a recovery of a fumbled snap in the end zone, followed by a fumble recovery on a dropped backward screen pass. Tracy led 34-0 after the first quarter. Fife threw two mo

Tigers hit the road for Week 7 tilt

Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel Tokay's Luke Millan finds an opening during their game against St. Mary's at the Grape Bowl in Lodi Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. One of the goals for Tokay (0-1 in the TCAL, 2-4) is pretty simple — finding the end zone. In the last two games that included the TCAL home opener against defending league champion St. Mary’s last week, Tokay has been held to a field goal. That came in the Tigers’ homecoming game, a non-league contest against McNair, which posted a 41-3 win. St. Mary’s shutout Tokay 62-0. “Our focus is always going to be improving what we can control, which is our execution of our base offense,” said Tokay coach Michael Holst. Tokay takes on a Tracy squad that sh

Rams run away with first TCAL game

Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel Tokay's Joshua Kirchner is taken down by St. Mary's Asar-alim Moore and Rick Telitz during their game at the Grape Bowl in Lodi Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Daniel Garlick and Chase Howell provided some exciting moments for the Tokay High football team’s Tri-City Athletic League home opener. But St. Mary’s Aaron Jenkins III displayed his running skills that led to the Rams posting a 62-0 win over Tokay (0-1 in the TCAL, 2-4) at the Grape Bowl on Friday. Jenkins III returned two punts of 34 and 22 yards into Tigers’ territory early in the first quarter. That set up St. Mary’s running back William Brown touchdown runs of 2 and 8 yards within five minutes into the game. That l

Tigers will be tested in TCAL opener

Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel Tokay players listen to coach Michael Holst during their game against McNair in Lodi Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. A new season begins for the Tokay and Lodi football teams today. Tokay (2-3) opens Tri-City Athletic League action at the Grape Bowl, but against defending league, Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and NorCal I-AA champion, and State Bowl 1-AA runner-up, St. Mary’s (3-2) at the Grape Bowl. Game time is 7:15 p.m. In preparing for the Rams, the Tigers have been working on fixing “some of the mistakes we made in the pre-season and ready ourselves for league play” according to Tokay coach Michael Holst. Another key for the Tigers is their rushing offense in fullback