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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 cornerback, and ran the last 30 yards untouched toward the end zone for the score. Diego Ramirez booted the extra point.

A trick play gave Heritage (1-0) the lead for good later in the quarter. Lined up for a 28-yard field goal, placeholder Aidan Quinn took the snap, got up and scrambled for an open receiver. Faced with pressure by the Tigers’ defense, Quinn found Branden Guteriez in the end zone for the touchdown, which was followed by the extra-point for a 14-7 advantage.

“They made a couple of plays,” said Tokay coach Michael Holst.

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