LODI RUNS INTO BUZZSAW IN TCAL FOOT­BALL OPENER

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Bush NEWS-SENTINEL SPORTS WRITER

Four turnovers early in a TriCity Ath­letic League foot­ball game is usu­ally not a good sign.

Lodi found that out the hard way as Lin­coln stayed un­de­feated with a 63-6 vic­tory in the league opener for both teams at the Grape Bowl on Fri­day. The Tro­jans led 49-0 at half­time, and game of­fi­cials called for a run­ning clock the en­tire sec­ond half.

“That is a very good team,” said Lodi coach Ge­orge Due­nas, look­ing at the north side of the Grape Bowl at Lin­coln cel­e­brat­ing its league win. “Four turnovers to start off the game against a team like that, it’s go­ing to get ugly fast.”

After Lodi gained a to­tal of two yards on its first of­fen­sive pos­ses­sion of the game, Lin­coln wasted lit­tle time on scor­ing on its first of­fen­sive pos­ses­sion for a 7-0 lead. On the first play of scrimmage, Tro­jan run­ning back Jonah Cole­man scored one of his four touch­downs in the game on a 37-yard counter play in which he raced past the Flames’ de­fen­sive line and fought off Lodi lineback­ers and the sec­ondary to the west end zone with 10:31 left on the

clock. Ber­nadino Galindo was good for all of the Tro­jans’ ex­tra-points through­out the game.

A Lodi in­ter­cep­tion set up the Tro­jans’ next score, and led to an ejec­tion of a Lodi player. Lodi quar­ter­back Adam Schall­berger, sit­ting in the pocket then mov­ing, looked for a re­ceiver. But Lin­coln cor­ner­back Valentino Yar­brough picked off Schall­berger’s pass and started run­ning to­ward the Tro­jans’ end zone.

But Lodi re­ceiver Lo­gan Stout tack­led Yar­brough by pick­ing him up and drove him to the ground. Yar­brough stayed on the turf for more than three min­utes but got up on his own will power and walked back to the Tro­jans’ side­lines.

Yel­low flags flew in from all di­rec­tions. The Flames were called for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness, and Stout was ejected only 9:51 into the game.

Per the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion by­laws, if a high school stu­dent-ath­lete is ejected from a con­test, he/she must serve an au­to­matic one

game sus­pen­sion. If the sus­pen­sion, which Lodi (0-1 in the TCAL, 4-2) is look­ing into ap­peal­ing, stands, Stout, a three-year starter who plays quar­ter­back, wide re­ceiver and safety, would sit out next Fri­day’s TCAL game at St. Mary’s.

“That wasn’t wor­thy of an ejec­tion,” Due­nas said. “There were some nasty hits through­out the night.”

Cole­man scored the next two touch­downs to give Lin­coln (1-0 in the TCAL, 6-0) a 21-0 lead, still in the first quar­ter. That touch­down came thanks to the Tro­jans re­cov­er­ing a Lodi fum­ble on the kick­off re­turn.

The next two scores were on 21-yard runs, each. Lin­coln quar­ter­back Kenyon Nel­son, only a fresh­man, scored on a 51-yard run to make it 28-0.

“That’s a high-cal­iber play­off team,” said Due­nas of Lin­coln. “They’ve got some dudes, man.”

Nel­son had a say on the Tro­jans’ next three touch­downs in the sec­ond quar­ter for the 49-0 half­time lead, with two scores com­ing off two more Lodi turnovers; a fum­ble and loss of downs.

“Go­ing in, we thought we’d have a chance be­cause they are younger,” said Due­nas, as

the Tro­jans have eight sopho­mores and fresh­men on the team. “That is the scary thing.”

After run­ning back Jaylen Bal­ck­sher scored on a 1-yard run with 7:58 left in the quar­ter for a 35-0 score, Nel­son hit Cole­man on a 20-yard screen pass to make it 42-0. Cole­man found Fidel Pitts alone in the end zone on a 33-yard pass with 2:14 left in the quar­ter to make it 49-0.

Lin­coln upped its lead to 56-0 at 9:50 in the third quar­ter when run­ning back Maceo Frisco scored on a 38-yard.

Lodi, which had crossed over into Lin­coln ter­ri­tory only twice out of seven pos­ses­sions in the first half, found the end zone for its only score of the game at 2:47 in the third quar­ter to make it 56-6. Schall­berger faked a hand­off to run­ning back Jose Bravo, swung to the right side of his of­fen­sive line on a 1-yard score. The Flames’ ex­tra-point kick missed.

The Tro­jans tacked on their fi­nal touch­down only 21 sec­onds into the fourth quar­ter when Frisco found the end zone on a 38-yard run.

NEWS-SENTINEL PHO­TOS BY SHUMESA MOHSIN

Above: Jose Fon­seca (22) lunges at Lin­coln's Kenyon Nel­son (10), in an ef­fort to tackle him and stop his run at the Grape Bowl on Fri­day. Be­low: An­gelo Zaz­zarino (3) charges through the clutches of Lin­coln de­fender Ig­na­cio Gon­za­lez (33) with the help of team­mate Korbin Ma­son (83).

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