LODI – Despite a 37-8 non-league loss at Tokay, Weston Ranch displayed effort throughout the game.
That was enough to please first-year coach Seth Davis, who mentioned that the Tigers came ready to play before their home crowd in the newly refurbished Grape Bowl.
“They had a good game plan against us,” he said.
Included was Tokay’s senior running back Alex Burgos powering his way for 188 yards and two touchdowns, wide receiver Allen Ward scoring three times, and Kelse DePauli-Wiltse, a three-year starter at quarterback, completing 8 of 16 passing for 85 yards and two TDs.
Weston Ranch (0-2) had trouble stopping the Tigers’ first five possessions.
Tokay (3-0), on its scoring drive, went 76 yards on 10 plays capped by Burgos’ 30-yard run in the first quarter.
Travis Dart had a 32-yard pickup and DePauli-Wiltse added 10 more, setting up Burgos’ short TD burst.
Moments later, DePauli-Wiltse hit Ward with a 25-yard scoring strike as Tokay went up, 18-0.
Allen’s 9-yard run prior to the intermission gave Tokay a 24-0 cushion.
On Tokay’s opening possession of the second half, DePauli-Wiltse picked up where he left off. This time he hit Kyle Rivers on a 13-yard TD.
Ward’s 34-yard dash to the end zone early in the fourth quarter gave the Tigers a 37-0 advantage.
The Cougars avoided the shutout by mustering up a drive late in the game, with quarterback Marcus Moore connecting on long gains to Chris Cannaday and Erron Duncan, who fell a yard shy of the end zone on a 21-yard grab.
On next play, Duncan scored the 1-yard TD. Moore added the two-point conversion run.
“It was good that we were able to score,” said Davis. “It showed that our guys didn’t show quit.”