LODI FLAMES OUT AGAINST TRACY; TIGERS, HAWKS LOSE

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

Lo­gan Stout and his Lodi High foot­ball team­mates were look­ing to pro­duce some more big plays that would lead to a big Tri-City Ath­letic League win.

But the Tracy High foot­ball squad came up with a big­ger play at the right time. That gave the Bull­dogs a thrilling 48-35 win over Lodi at the Grape Bowl on Fri­day.

Af­ter Tracy made it 42-35 with 3:42 left in the third quar­ter, Lodi (1-3 in the TCAL, 5-4) took the kick­off re­turn and moved the chains. That in­cluded runs from Stout, who had a com­bined 146 yards of scor­ing of­fense in the first half, plus run­ning backs Chris­tian Zamora and Jose Bravo. That al­lowed the Flames to move the foot­ball from their own 38-yard line to the Bull­dogs’ 41.

Then Lodi had a fourth down and 12 at the Tracy 41. But a loss of 13 yards on a rush­ing play led to the Flames giv­ing up the foot­ball on loss of downs.

“Hey man, we knew that we had the lead and had to sus­tain drives and keep on scor­ing ev­ery drive,” said Lodi coach Ge­orge Due­nas. “They are tough. They are gifted, of­fen­sively. It’s one of those games, back and forth. The boys gave it their all.”

Now with the foot­ball in its pos­ses­sion, Tracy (22 in the TCAL, 3-6) in­creased its lead to 48-35 when run­ning back Chase Hen­der­son capped a 54-yard drive on a 3-yard run with 7:36 left in the game. Matthew Gi­u­li­acci booted the ex­tra-point.

“We stress ball se­cu­rity all the time,” said Tracy coach Matt Shrout. “It’s just one of those things that it worked out well for us.”

Lodi reached Tracy ter­ri­tory again af­ter the kick­off. A pos­ses­sion that started at their own 37 and moved to the Bull­dog 2, the Flames saw this of­fen­sive drive go up in smoke when Tracy de­fen­sive back Tommy Chavez picked off a Stout pass in the end zone.

Lodi led 28-26 at half­time. Tracy and the Flames traded touch­downs in the third quar­ter be­fore the

last 18 min­utes be­came thrilling for the fans at the Grape Bowl.

The Bull­dogs made it 34-28 with 9:59 left in the third when Hen­der­son scored his first touch­down of the game, also a 3-yard run.

Then Stout and the Flames re­sponded on their next of­fen­sive pos­ses­sion to take a 35-34 lead with 8:03 on the clock. Stout con­nected with run­ning back An­gelo Zaz­zarino on a 38-yard pass. Adolfo Sanchez booted the ex­tra-point that gave Lodi its fi­nal lead of the game.

“He had played lights out,” said Due­nas of Stout. “Guys played well. Not just him as an in­di­vid­ual, but as a team we all played well.”

In the sec­ond quar­ter, Lodi and Tracy took turns scor­ing on the other’s de­fense. Tracy led 12-7 un­til there was 11:15 left in the quar­ter when Stout, scram­bling out of the pocket and hav­ing his jersey grabbed when it looked like he was go­ing to be sacked, found Zamora up the mid­dle. Then Zamora zig-zagged be­tween four Tracy play­ers, worked his way down the Lodi side­line for a 26-yard touch­down re­cep­tion. Sanchez also booted the ex­tra­point to make it 14-12.

Tracy quar­ter­back Lo­gan Fife, who has com­mit­ted to Fresno State Univer­sity, hit Trevor Pope II on a 45-yard score to give the Bull­dogs a 20-14 lead.

Pope II left the game af­ter he scored when he in­jured his right fore­arm while catch­ing the foot­ball on the east side of the end zone.

Lodi re­sponded back again. Us­ing his legs this time, Stout broke away from a group of Bull­dog play­ers at the Lodi 13, found his way down the Lodi side­line and raced to­ward the west end zone for an 87-yard score with 7:44 on the clock that gave Lodi a 21-20 lead.

“That guy is very tal­ented,” said Due­nas of Fife. “You can see why he’s go­ing to Di­vi­sion I (col­lege).”

Tracy took a 26-21 lead when run­ning back Ri­ley Revino, who was ejected from the game af­ter ar­gu­ing with a game of­fi­cial early in the third quar­ter, scored on a 2-yard run with 5:41 left on the clock. Stout coun­tered with a 21-yard quar­ter­back keeper on fourth-and-one that gave the Flames a 28-26 lead.

Lodi scored its first touch­down on its first of­fen­sive pos­ses­sion in the first quar­ter. Rolling out of the pocket, Stout found Zamora for a 12-yard touch­down pass with 7:20 on the clock. Sanchez booted the ex­tra-point for a 7-0 score.

Tracy only needed one play to score. Fife hit Pope II on a 67-yard pass just 14 sec­onds af­ter Lodi scored. But the Bull­dogs’ ex­tra-point kick was no good that led to Lodi hang­ing onto a 7-6 lead.

At 3:07 later in the quar­ter, Tracy took a 12-7 lead when Revino scored his first touch­down on a 1yard run up the mid­dle. Once again, the Bull­dogs’ ex­tra-point kick was no good.

NEWS-SEN­TINEL PHO­TOS BY BEA AHBECK

Above: Lodi quar­ter­back Lo­gan Stout evades Tracy’s de­fense on his way to a touch­down dur­ing Fri­day’s loss at the Grape Bowl in Lodi. Below: Lodi's Jose Fon­seca tack­les Tracy's Lo­gan Fife.

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SEN­TINEL

Lodi's Chris­tian Zamora is pur­sued by Tracy's Ri­ley Revino be­fore scor­ing a touch­down at the Grape Bowl on Fri­day.

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