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Flames late rally thwarted by defensive stand

Tokay's Nick Elliott runs the ball after intercepting a pass intended for Lodi's Matthew Wright during their hometown rivalry game at the Grape Bowl in Lodi Friday night, Nov. 3, 2017. (Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel)

Lodi needed just four yards for first down.

But in the end, Tokay’s Joseph Heryford fought back emotions.

The last two minutes of the Tri-City Athletic League and cross-town football rivalry between Tokay and Lodi, provided bone-chilling excitement in the final two minutes of their 45th meeting. In the end, Tokay kept the city championship trophy and knocked Lodi out of a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth with a come-from-behind 19-14 win at the Grape Bowl on Friday. The Tigers have won two in a row against Lodi, with last year’s 20-16 victory.

Marching down the field with 1:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, Lodi (1-4 in the TCAL, 4-6), known for its running game throughout the season, went to the air as quarterback Logan Stout completed 3 of 6 passes for 61 yards. Those passes went to Jake Hayes, who had 31 of those yards, and Trey Reese, as the Flames drove to the Tokay 14-yard line.

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