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Running back Jeffery Evans of the Tokay Tigers tries to slip through defensive tackle Marciano Ortega of the Franklin Yellowjackets during a varsity football game at the Grape Bowl in Lodi on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The Tigers beat the Yellowjackets 47-0 on Tokay’s Homecoming night.
A week after being on the wrong end of a blowout, the Tokay Tigers thumped the Franklin Yellowjackets with endless big plays in a shutout at the Grape Bowl in Lodi on Friday.
Tokay (3-1) celebrated its homecoming with a 47-0 victory over the Yellowjackets (1-3) as quarterback Grayson Dillon threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to build a 33-0 halftime lead. Teammate Nathaniel McAlister also posted three scores, including a 3-yard touchdown reception, a 2-yard rush and an electrifying 87-yard kickoff return to start the second half.
“I read my blocks and shed a few tackles,” said McAlister, who initially ran toward the Franklin sideline before running out of room, turning back toward his own bench while being cheered all the way down his own sideline to the end zone. “It was a team effort. We came out fast and ended with a ‘W’.”
It was the 5-foot-4 junior’s first three-touchdown game.
Dillon said Friday’s win will help the Tigers erase the memories of a week ago when they found themselves losing 27-0 after the first quarter.
“We came out kind of flat against Downey, so we wanted to come out here with more intensity,” said Dillon (11 for 17, 251, yards), who connected on his first nine pass attempts.
“That left a bad taste in our mouths. It’s always nice to have those big plays because they set us up for success.”
While the Tokay offense produced 424 total yards, including 136 rushing yards by Jeffery Evans, its defense held the Yellowjackets to 143 yards. Evans’s big play included an 81-yard touchdown run.
“We got behind and it’s hard to come back against a good team like this,” Franklin coach Gregg Marsh said. “I liked our effort, but we need to come back with more consistency.”
Filling in for Franklin’s injured starting quarterback was Jovan Woods, who completed two passes for 26 yards and rushed for a team-best 40 yards.
Dillon’s two other scoring strikes included a 40-yard pass to T.J. Gotelli and a 14-yarder to Samuele Lewis.