LODI FOOT­BALL HOSTS WEST

Galt re­mains in SacJoaquin Sec­tion play­off hunt, host­ing Rose­mont in SVC con­test

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Bush

Lodi has three Tri-City Ath­letic League foot­ball games re­main­ing on its sched­ule.

Two of the Flames’ three con­tests are at the Grape Bowl. One of them is to­day against West. Game time is sched­uled for 7:15 p.m.

Lodi (0-2 in the TCAL, 1-6) will be with­out the ser­vices of two line­men who are out for the sea­son. Tackle Ethan Bron­son (6-foot-3 and 265-pounds) and line­man Noah McGre­gor — both ju­niors — have suf­fered torn ACL and MCL re­spec­tively. Bron­son also started at de­fen­sive tackle. Both line­men were in­jured in the Flames’ Oct. 5 home game against de­fend­ing league cham­pion St. Mary’s, which posted a 42-8 win.

“His was a fluke in­jury,” said Lodi coach Ge­orge Due­nas of Bron­son’s in­jury that hap­pened on only the third play of the game against the Rams. “It was a non-con­tact in­jury; he just took a step back­wards. That was bad luck for the kid; he works very hard.”

Due­nas is con­fi­dent that Bron­son and McGre­gor will re­cover from their in­juries and be pre­pared for the 2019 sea­son.

“They have good work ethics and very pos­i­tive,” said Due­nas of the two line­men.

But the show must go on for the Flames.

“We’re a lit­tle banged up right now,” Due­nas said. “We’ve had a chance to tone (prac­tices) down a lit­tle bit this week. But guys are get­ting healthy. We have enough guys right now to fit in on the var­sity that will keep us com­pet­i­tive.”

West (1-1 in the TCAL, 3-4) beat Tokay, 55-28, in their meet­ing in Tracy also on Oct. 5. The Wolf Pack pro­duced big plays on of­fense to ac­count for their touch­downs.

“For the most part, Tokay did a de­cent job in throw­ing the ball around,” said Due­nas of the Tigers, who had 133 pass­ing yards against the Wolf Pack. “They (West) have some big play ca­pa­bil­ity.”

The big thing for the Flames against the Wolf Pack, Due­nas stated, is main­tain­ing their op­po­nent’s of­fense.

“I think this week is crit­i­cal that we keep ev­ery­thing in front of us and try to make them re­ally ex­e­cute,” Due­nas said. “I think we have a good chance.”

The Flames have had solid per­for­mances on the ground. Full­back Larry Mc­Dow­ell leads the way with 451 yards on 84 car­ries and four touch­downs. Quar­ter­back Lo­gan Stout, also a ju­nior, has 368 yards on 90 car­ries and seven touch­downs.

An­other Flame full­back in Myles Lozano fol­lows at 284 yards on 65 car­ries and two touch­downs. Run­ning back An­gelo Zaz­zarino has 266 yards on 39 car­ries and a touch­down. Stout has com­pleted 32 of 69 passes for 505 yards and four touch­downs.

Af­ter tonight’s game, Lodi will play at Tracy next Fri­day. Then the Flames and Tokay will close out the reg­u­lar sea­son at the Grape Bowl on Fri­day, Oct. 26.

Tokay

To­day in Stock­ton, Tokay (0-2 in the TCAL, 0-7) plays at Lin­coln. Game time is also sched­uled at 7:15 p.m.

Tokay coach Michael Holst has been busy on and off the field since the Tigers’ last game at West. The day of that game, his wife, Chris­tine, gave birth to their sec­ond child, a boy named Lu­cas.

“My wife was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing con­trac­tions Thurs­day, she went to work Fri­day, and the con­trac­tions were stronger,” Holst said. “We de­cided that I would go to the game a lit­tle later than nor­mal; ar­rived with about an hour to go be­fore kick­off in case we needed to go to the hos­pi­tal. Chris­tine didn’t want me to miss the game if she wasn’t in la­bor.

“So we de­cided her mom and her would drive to the hos­pi­tal,” con­tin­ued

Holst, “and I would go to the game and they would call and let me know if the doc­tor felt the baby was go­ing to come. I re­ceived a text dur­ing the na­tional an­them and took off for the hos­pi­tal. Our coaches stepped up and took on some ad­di­tional game re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and they kept me in the loop via text mes­sages.”

Now Lu­cas joins his par­ents and sis­ter in Sawyer, 2, Michael Holst is back to busi­ness teach­ing in the class­room and pre­par­ing his foot­ball team against Lin­coln.

Tokay takes on Lin­coln (1-1 in the TCAL, 1-6), which fell 5117 to Tracy (2-0 in the TCAL, 52) on Oct. 5.

“Lin­coln is very ath­letic,” Holst said. “They have good team speed.”

Tokay full­back Nathan Branco is the team’s lead­ing rusher at 581 yards on 125 car­ries and five touch­downs.

Galt

To­day at Hawk Sta­dium, Galt (0-2 in the Sierra Val­ley Con­fer­ence, 4-3 over­all) will host Rose­mont (0-2 in the SVC, 3-4).

Galt will play its fi­nal three SVC games at Hawk Sta­dium. But the War­riors will be the on the vis­i­tor’s side when they close out the reg­u­lar sea­son against ri­val Lib­erty Ranch on Fri­day, Oct. 26.

The War­riors still has a chance of earn­ing a SacJoaquin Sec­tion play­off berth. The War­riors would need to win their re­main­ing three games — that’s their first and best sce­nario — and fin­ish the reg­u­lar sea­son at 7-3. Galt could win two of its next three games, fin­ish 6-4.

Lead­ing the War­riors’ of­fense is ju­nior quar­ter­back Robert Bu­la­han Jr., who is now over the 1,000 yards pass­ing mark. He has com­pleted 87 of 154 passes for 1,204 yards and 18 touch­downs.

Jonah Del­rio leads the War­riors in rush­ing at 583 yards, fol­lowed by An­thony Chavez at 395 yards and six touch­downs and Blake Beck 198 yards.

Marcelo Lopez has 410 yards re­ceiv­ing for Galt and 10 touch­downs. Alex Ro­driguez, Zachary Cirac and Sanchez are clos­ing in 200 yards each.

In their SVC game at Bradshaw Chris­tian on Oct. 5, Bradshaw posted a 42-35 win.

Lib­erty Ranch

Lib­erty Ranch (0-2 in the SVC, 2-5) trav­els to Plac­erville in El Do­rado County to play at El Do­rado (2-0 in the SVC, 3-4).

If the Hawks beat the Cougars, they keep their slim play­off hopes alive. Lib­erty Ranch run­ning back Gabriel Nino has rushed for 641 yards on 70 car­ries, plus 268 yards re­ceiv­ing and three more TDs. Quar­ter­back Matthew Hop­per has rushed for 367 yards and four touch­downs and com­pleted 35 of 77 passes for 567 yards and five TDs.

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SEN­TINEL

St. Mary's Nick Mur­ray in­ter­cepts a pass meant for Lodi wide re­ceiver Colton Stout (10) dur­ing their Tri-City Ath­letic League game at the Grape Bowl on Oct. 5.

DAVID WITTE/NEWS-SEN­TINEL

Galt wide re­ceiver Marcelo Lopez (33) catches a pass near the side­line dur­ing the War­riors' 35-34 vic­tory over Val­ley on Sept. 6.

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