Senior Chase Howell returns a kickoff against St. Mary's last week. (Kristina Lewis)
Michael Holst and George Duenas are very familiar with the Tokay-Lodi football rivalry.
Today at the Grape Bowl at 7:15 p.m., Holst’s Tigers and Duenas’ Flames will take to the field in the Tri-City Athletic League finale and the city championship for a 46th consecutive year. Tokay will be on the visitor’s sidelines and Lodi is the home team.
“We are excited to take part in the cross-town rivalry,” Holst said.
Added Duenas, “Big rivalry games like this are unique. It doesn’t matter what each teams record is, you are going to get a hard fought game from both sides.”
This will be the last time Tokay will play at the Grape Bowl. Next season, the Tigers will play all of their home games on their on-campus that is near completion. The all-weather track and field and electronic scoreboard have been installed in the last two weeks. The 47th annual contest will be played at the on-campus stadium — with Tokay as the home team — in 2019. Tokay will open the 2019 season with non-league games at Patterson and Bear Creek before playing its first home game against Stagg.
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