The Tokay High football team came down to Earth quickly on Friday night in a 71-6 loss to Lincoln at Hubbard Field.
Coming off a lopsided with over West in the opener, the Tigers ran up against a top-tier Trojans squad and could not keep up.
“We talked about all week about with good teams, you can’t compound mistakes by not doing what we do well,” said Tokay coach Michael Holst. “They have guys touching the ball who are down for big-time college careers, and they’re going to make good plays, but that can’t be because we’re missing assignments.
“Any time you’re stressed by a good athlete, you’re forced to do things you don’t normally do. They’re very talented, and they gave it to us, and we didn’t respond as well as we should.”
Tokay’s lone touchdown came via a 16-yard pass from Ty Didonato to Quinn Carter, who missed the opener due to illness. Didonato completed 6 of 17 passes for 17 yards, the touchdown and an interception.
On the ground, Joseph Filippini, who scored five touchdowns a week ago, carried 22 times for 45 yards and added a reception for 28 yards.
But in a blowout loss like that, Holst was looking beyond numbers to find bright spots.
“Just the attitude in the second half was better. Quinn Carter played well tonight... he came back after a drop,” Holst said. “I was more impressed with Joseph Filippini tonight than last week. It’s easy to respond well when you’re on top, but he was emotionally, and from a leadership standpoint, was positive all night, and he was getting beat up.”
Throughout the game, Lincoln scored quickly when it had the ball. In one stretch early on, Lincoln scored three touchdowns in just four offensive plays.
“They’re going to score, and then you’re going to have to drive 80 yards,” Holst said. “It’s not easy.”
Tokay will host Linden next week in a non-league matchup, which is also Tokay’s last home game of the spring season.
Lodi 62, West 0
This week it was the Flames’ turn to score early and often against a very young, very green West squad in Tracy. Lodi built a 56-0 lead at halftime against a squad with 16 sophomores playing on varsity.
“I pulled my guys in the middle of the first quarter. It was brutal,” Lodi coach George Duenas said. “I like the fact that when the backups got in, they actually paid attention in practice this week, and they were doing things we talked about in practice.”
It’s the second year in a row that Lodi started 2-0 — in 2019 the Flames opened with a 3-0 run and finished with a 6-4 record.
Kaiden Merryman scored two touchdowns against West, along with one each from Adolfo Sanchez, Isaac Bishop, Christian Zamora, Ernesto Hernandez and Adam Schallberger. Timmy Copeland added a pick-six on defense.
And that marks the end of the easy part of Lodi’s schedule — the Flames’ next three opponents are Tracy, Lincoln and Tokay to finish the season.
In Galt, Liberty Ranch dropped a 17-7 loss to El Dorado on Friday, a game rescheduled from Thursday. Galt, meanwhile, will host Rosemont at 11 a.m. today.