Two of the next three TriCity Ath­letic League games could be nice ones for the Tokay High foot­ball team.

That is be­cause Tokay plays two of its three at Hub­bard Field. The first one is to­day at 7:15 p.m., when Lin­coln pays a visit.

To­day’s game could be all about the run for Tokay and Lin­coln. Tokay run­ning back Joseph Filip­pini is on a tear. The ju­nior has rushed for 1,142 yards on 187 car­ries and 19 touch­downs. He now holds the school record for most rush­ing yards in a sin­gle game (282), touch­downs in a sin­gle game (6) and to­tal touch­downs in a sea­son.

“Joseph is a stud,” said Tokay head coach Michael Holst of Filip­pini. “He’s fast, phys­i­cal and smart. On top of that, he wants to be good and he wants our team to be good. He’s com­pet­i­tive and a great kid off the field.”

Tokay (1-1 in the TCAL, 2-5) is fac­ing Lin­coln (2-0 in the TCAL, 7-0) that scores of­ten. Last week, the Tro­jans beat Tracy in a wild 62-41 game and Lodi 63-6 in the league opener for both teams at the Grape Bowl on Oct. 4. The Tro­jans are av­er­ag­ing 48.8 points per game.

Lin­coln coun­ters with sopho­more back Jonah Cole­man and quar­ter­back Kenyon Nel­son, who is only a fresh­man. Cole

man has rushed for 1,055 yards and 21 touch­downs. Nel­son has thrown for 660 yards and 10 touch­downs, mak­ing the Tro­jans more dan­ger­ous.

“Cole­man and Nel­son are dudes,” said Holst of the Tro­jans’ back­field. “Cole­man is the com­plete pack­age. We must tackle ex­tremely well when he has the ball. Lin­coln is go­ing to es­tab­lish (its) run game, which the quar­ter­back is a lit­tle a part of, but Cole­man is def­i­nitely their guy.”

One thing Holst and his as­sis­tant coaches have no­ticed that Lin­coln did against Tracy was have two run­ning backs in the back­field and bring in an ex­tra of­fen­sive line­man at the line of scrim­mage.

“They haven’t thrown the ball a lot in the last two weeks, but are ef­fi­cient do­ing so and the quar­ter­back is a very good scram­bler,” Holst said. They will pro­vide a chal­lenge and be the best of­fense we’ve faced this sea­son.”

On de­fense, the Tro­jans have given up only 9.2 points per game.

Af­ter beat­ing West 41-40 at Hub­bard Field on Oct. 11, Tokay en­joyed that win and is moving for­ward to tonight’s game.

“We cel­e­brate all wins, but move on to our next op­po­nent at the start of the next week,” Holst said. “Our team has con­sis­tently prac­ticed well all year and done the same this week.”

Vin­cent Romero has 252 yards re­ceiv­ing for Tokay and a touch­down. Colby Baker has 202 yards re­ceiv­ing and a TD. An­gel Munoz has also recorded a re­ceiv­ing TD for the Tigers.

On de­fense, Tokay de­fen­sive end Bradley Han­del has 52 tack­les, out­side line­backer Haseem Khan 51 and Filip­pini, who dou­bles as a free safety, at 46.

Tokay plays at St. Mary’s on Oct. 25, then will host Lodi in the TCAL sea­son fi­nale at Hub­bard Field on Fri­day, Nov. 1.


To­day, also at 7:15 p.m., Lodi plays at West in a TCAL game.

Run­ning back Chris­tian Zamora leads Lodi (0-2 in the TCAL, 4-3) in rush­ing with 680 yards on 79 car­ries and 11 touch­downs, ac­cord­ing to MaxPreps’ web­site af­ter six games. An­gelo Zaz­zarino has eight re­cep­tions for 119 yards and two touch­downs.

En­ter­ing its game against West (0-2 in the TCAL, 1-6), Lodi wel­comes back quar­ter­back/wide re­ceiver/safety Lo­gan Stout, a se­nior. Stout sat out last week’s game at St. Mary’s, which posted a 45-3 win. He served an au­to­matic one-game sus­pen­sion af­ter he was ejected from the Flames’ TCAL opener against Lin­coln on Oct. 4 af­ter draw­ing an un­nec­es­sary rough­ness call af­ter a hard tackle on a Tro­jan player.

An­other good news for Lodi is that it has met the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion’s cri­te­ria of min­i­mum num­ber of wins needed (4) to be con­sid­ered for a play­off berth. How­ever, Lodi has yet to win a league game.

Af­ter tonight’s game, Lodi wel­comes Tracy at the Grape Bowl on Oct. 25. Then make the cross-town trip to Hub­bard Field to face Tokay the fol­low­ing week. Lodi will need to win, at least, two of the next three, if not all three games if it wants to make the play­offs for the first time since 2011.


To­day at 7:30 p.m., Galt con­tin­ues Sierra Val­ley Con­fer­ence ac­tion at Rose­mont of Sacra­mento.

Galt quar­ter­back Robert Bu­la­han Jr., along with tight end/line­backer Marcelo Lopez, run­ning back Kenny Tran and wide re­ceiver Isaac Madri­gal, are the of­fen­sive weapons that have led the War­riors to av­er­ag­ing 25.1 points per game.

In its first two SVC games this sea­son, Galt has scored a com­bined 24 points. Brad­shaw Chris­tian de­feated Galt 34-7 in last week’s game at War­rior Sta­dium. The host War­riors cre­ated Pride turnovers in the sec­ond half but had lim­ited suc­cess in moving the foot­ball on of­fense.

In their first three pre-sea­son games, the War­riors had scored 104 points, and 152 in five games.

Galt has met the min­i­mum num­ber of wins (4) needed to earn a sec­tion play­off berth. But the War­riors have yet to win an SVC game.

The pic­ture is clear for Galt if it wants to keep its play­off hopes alive: Win the re­main­ing three SVC games, if not two. Then get a lot of help from other teams win­ning and los­ing games in the di­vi­sion in which they have sim­i­lar en­roll­ments.

Lib­erty Ranch

To­day at Hawk Sta­dium at 7:30 p.m., Lib­erty Ranch wel­comes El Do­rado in an SVC con­test.

On of­fense, Lib­erty Ranch (1-1 in the SVC, 3-4)

Run­ning back Isiah Ricci has been a dou­ble-threat for the Hawks in rush­ing and pass­ing. Quar­ter­back Ai­dan Carr, tight end/de­fen­sive tackle Austin Davis and wide re­ceiver/de­fen­sive back Eli­jah Free­man have also been fac­tors for the Hawks in re­cent games.

Lib­erty Ranch has the lux­ury of play­ing its next three games in the Galt city lim­its. Af­ter tonight’s game, Lib­erty Ranch will en­ter­tain Rose­mont on Oct. 25 be­fore clos­ing out the reg­u­lar sea­son against Galt at War­rior Sta­dium on Nov. 1.

The win over de­fend­ing SVC cham­pion Union Mine 29-13 last week should serve as a boost for Lib­erty Ranch, which only needs one more win to earn the sec­tion’s cri­te­ria for mak­ing the play­offs with the num­ber of over­all wins.

If Lib­erty Ranch needs ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to­ward earn­ing a play­off berth, here it is in a nut­shell. Should it beat El Do­rado (1-1 in the SVC, 3-4), Rose­mont and Galt, and Lib­erty Ranch would fin­ish its reg­u­lar sea­son at 6-4 and might earn a firstround home play­off game.

Ac­cord­ing to MaxPreps’ web­site, Lib­erty Ranch is ranked No. 8 in Di­vi­sion V. The top four teams in Di­vi­sions I-VI earn first round byes, while schools in the Nos. 5-8 spots would host teams Nos. 9-12.


Above: Tokay's Vin­cent Romero reaches for a pass dur­ing their game against West at Tokay in Lodi on Oct. 11. Be­low: Tokay's Joseph Filip­pini runs for a touch­down.

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