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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 game was tied 7-7 midway in the second quarter. Then Tokay running back Corey Glasgow, who was back in the line-up after missing the last three games with a toe injury, scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 7-yard run with 5:17 left in the quarter. Add Naofumi Minato’s extra-point kick, and the Tigers led 14-7.

On the ensuing kickoff, a Wolf Pack player touched the ball but couldn’t control it. But the Tigers’ Nick Elliot found the ball in his hands, which gave Tokay possession at the West 24-yard line.

High school football: Offense, defense propel Tokay to win over West - Sports

No time wasted by the Tigers on this drive. On the very first play, quarterback Daniel Garlick found wide receiver Joshua Kirchner on a 24-yard pass. The kick hit the uprights, but Tokay took a 20-7 lead.

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