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Bruins fast start too much for Tigers

Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel Tokay quarterback Chase Howell runs the ball, pursued by Bear Creek's Brian Adams during their pre-season game at the Grape Bowl in Lodi Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. A trick play set up the Tokay High football team’s first touchdown in the second half of Friday’s non-league game against Bear Creek. But Bruins running back Terry Holmes and his Bear Creek teammates had already done their damage in the first half. Holmes scored early and often that led to Bear Creek posting a 58-16 win over Tokay at the Grape Bowl. Tokay has been outscored 109-28 in its first two games of the season; Patterson posted a 51-12 win over Tokay in the battle of the Tigers at the Grape Bowl on Aug.

Tigers prep for LUSD rival Bear Creek

Tokay preps for Patterson last Thursday. (Mike Bush/News-Sentinel) One thing is certain about today’s game at the Grape Bowl at 7:15 p.m. between Tokay and Bear Creek — someone has to win. Last week, Patterson (1-0) soundly defeated Tokay (0-1) 51-12 in the battle of the Tigers at the Grape Bowl. In Stockton, Roseville (1-0) posted a wild 52-46 win over Bear Creek (0-1). “The entire team has had three good practices,” said Tokay coach Michael Holst. One player in particular who stood out in the Tigers’ practices was senior quarterback Chase Howell. “Chase has had a solid week of practice for us,” Holst said. “We were impressed with how (defensive end) Sebastian Palada played for us on defens

Tokay tamed by Patterson

Sophomore Joseph Filippini returns a kickoff past a host of Patterson defenders Friday night at the Grape Bowl. (Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel). Johnny Craggs found room to run in an early drive to help his Tokay High football team draw first blood. But Patterson running backs Nate Garcia and Jordan Imada created many ways to score early and often as Patterson soundly defeat Tokay 51-12 in the season opener for both teams at the Grape Bowl on Friday. Both schools have Tigers as their mascots. On its second offensive possession in the first quarter, Tokay (0-1), which was in Patterson territory on its first offensive drive but forced to punt thanks to Patterson’s defense, was looking to get back i

Tokay, Patterson ready for battle

Senior quarterback Chase Howell escapes pressure under the watchful eye of Offensive Coordinator Todd Dillon Thursday during practice. (Mike Bush/News-Sentinel). Michael Holst never met Rob Cozart in person until this week. Today at the Grape Bowl, Holst’s Tokay High football team will get to know Cozart’s Patterson High squad for a few hours in the Week 0 opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. This is believed to be the first-ever meeting in the battle of the Tigers — Patterson’s mascot as well. This contest serves as the final home opener for Tokay (4-6 last season) at the Grape Bowl. The school’s on-campus stadium has its artificial turf in place, but still needs to install home and v

Tokay bounces back in scrimmage

A host of Tokay defenders takes down an Atwater running back on Friday night during a scrimmage at Edison High. (Mike Bush/News-Sentinel) STOCKTON — A dress rehearsal was much needed before the dance begins. The Tokay High football team got that rehearsal at a round-robin scrimmage at Edison High’s stadium on Friday night. The Tigers competed against Atwater, Grant of Sacramento and host Edison. In its first scrimmage against Atwater, Tokay went on defense first. The Falcons found the end zone twice against the Tigers; on a roll-out pass and an end-round run play. Ten minutes later, the Tigers’ offense took the field against the Falcons’ defense. Atwater kept Tokay’s offense in check, as the

Tokay evaluating players at scrimmage

The Tigers midfield logo appears on the new turf field. (David Witte/News-Sentinel) Three of the four Lodi area high football teams will have their players take part in controlled scrimmages starting tonight. The Tokay High football team makes the trek to Edison High to compete at Edison’s four-way scrimmage that is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The Tigers will compete against Grant of Sacramento on the south side of Edison’s field to start the scrimmages. Then Tokay takes on Atwater at 7:40 p.m., also on the south side and closing out against Edison on the north side of the stadium’s field at 8:20 p.m. Tokay coach Michael Holst and his assistant coaches will be looking at players on both sid