Aaron Thomas threw four touchdowns and ran for two, and Lincoln pulled away from Modesto-Downey for a 54-38 win – the first for new Trojans coach Anthony Martinez after an 0-3 start.
“It feels great to get the first win, feels great for everyone,” said Thomas, whose 28-yard TD pass to Isaiah Downes midway through the fourth quarter produced the game’s final points. “We were hitting the crossing routes, picking up a lot of yards.”
The victory will be savered this weekend.
Lincoln’s "Code Red" offense clicked in the first half, with Thomas throwing two TDs to slotback Merle Bass and throwing two 2-point conversions. Will Jones III ran in a short score, and another 2-pointer accounted for the Trojans’ 24-20 halftime lead.
Thomas’ accuracy improved from the first three games, but he also overthrew a couple of receivers who had slipped behind the secondary. He was efficient on the crossing routes, though, which produced Lincoln’s big plays and much of their passing yardage.
Downey, with the Sac-Joaquin Section’s No. 2 passing attack, fell behind 16-0 early in the first half. Quarterback Brett Neves was matching Thomas play for play, running in a score and tossing a short TD pass to 6-foot-3 Isaian Johnson.
Two-pointers also played a key role, as neither team attempted to kick an extra point. Lincoln converted six of seven 2-pointers, while Downey was successful just once in six attempts.
-- By Richard Estrada, Record Correspondent
Tokay 39, Chavez 15
At Chavez, the Tigers (2-2) scored three touchdowns in the final 24 minutes of the game. Running back Cory Glasgow scored three touchdowns, including a 4-yard run to cap Tokay's first offensive series in the third quarter.
The Tigers’ defense, led by nose guard Raymond Hernanez, defensive tackles Jesus Ayala and Emilio Segovia and middle linebacker Chaz Thruston, put pressure on Titans quarterback John Michael Supangan, who scrambled several times on Chavez’s first drive in the third quarter. That led to the Titans punting and Tokay (2-2) retaining the ball that led to one of its three touchdowns.
Tokay started its scoring spree on its first offensive play of the game. On a halfback option pass, quarterback Daniel Garlick hit fellow signal caller Ralph Martinez, who rambled 76 yards down the Titans’ sideline.
-- By Mike Bush, Lodi News-Sentinel
Linden 39, Le Grand 7
At Linden, Hunter White rushed for 140 yards and had a 66-yard touchdown and caught two touchdowns to help the Lions (1-3) rout the Bulldogs (1-3). White also had an interception, his second this season, and Zach Anderson had two sacks and Maximo Rodriguez had one sack during a dominant performance by the defense.
Rowdy Reed opened the scoring on a 40-yard run and finished with 138 yards rushing, and Clinton Sizuela was 5-for-8 passing for 80 yards with touchdowns of 40 and 15 yards to White. Lucas Iniguez had a 1-yard TD run for Linden.
Heritage 35, Edison 18
At Stockton, the Vikings (0-3) were within 21-18 of the Patriots (4-0) but Brentwood-Heritage pulled away with two second-half passing touchdowns. For Edison, Brandy James had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Hassani Zackery had a 48-yard rushing TD and threw a 17-yard TD pass to Jordan Whatley.
Gregori 35, McNair 14
At Modesto, Gabriel Lopez had two passing touchdowns for the Eagles (1-3), one to Khan Ouk and one to Andrew Hem. McNair gave up over four first-down conversions and had too many mistakes and turnovers, Eagles coach Terry Hampton said in a text message.
Mountain House 37, Livingston 19
At Mountain House, the Mustangs (1-3) earned their first-ever victory as a varsity program. Kicker T.J. Dayak starred for Mountain House, kicking field goals of 25, 42 and 34 yards. The Mustangs got rushing touchdowns from Westin Birks (2 yards), Justin Bustos (57), Sami Dhaoui (2) and Joshua Abril-Black (39).
The Edison and Mountain House scoring info is via MaxPreps.com.