STOCKTON -- Austin Sith was "overwhelmed" by a homecoming night to remember, powering McNair High to a 30-13 victory over Tokay after being crowned king at halftime Friday night.
Sith had 32 carries for 145 yards, including touchdown dashes of 1 and 3 yards to book end the Eagles' scoring for their second victory of the season.
"It all started with the linemen, of course," Sith said. "I wouldn't be able to do anything without them because I got the easy part. All I have to do is make it though their blocks. The rest goes to them."
McNair did everything it wanted to stifle Tokay, from forcing a fumble after a long kickoff return to completing long passes for touchdowns in the second half. Coach Terrence Hampton said his team showed the proper intensity after a strong week of practice. Now they have some momentum heading into San Joaquin Athletic Association play with Chavez in two weeks.
"I said all year long that our O-line was going to make the big difference," Hampton said. "They showed that tonight. We have the strongest line, I believe, in Stockton and that's going to be to our advantage."
Andrew Hem caught two long touchdown passes on the run, a 22-yarder from Gabriel Lopez and a 53-yard catch-and-run from Rafael Lara. The quarterbacks alternated series and combined for 198 yards on 10 completions, 19 attempts.
Hampton said the quarterbacks support each other and complement each other well.
"They're both great quarterbacks," Hampton said. "They can pass. They can run. I'm going to utilize them both all year.'
Tokay's offense was largely ineffective against McNair's defense, as well. The Tigers came up big midway through the second quarter when Americo Salazar recovered a blocked punt, giving Tokay the ball on the McNair 1-yard line. Cory Glaskow quickly scored on a 1-yard push to tie the game at 7-7.
On the Eagles' next drive, quarterback Rafael Lara connected with Andrew Hem on a 39-yard pass, resulting in Celio Gomez's 31-yard field goal and a 10-7 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tokay's Glaskow returned the ball to McNair's 10 before the ball was punched out of his hands and recovered by McNair's Hector Cadena.
McNair benefited from a a 15-yard Tokay penalty when the Tigers were charged with roughing the kicker on a punt attempt. But Tokay blocked Gomez's 37-yard field goal attempt with five seconds to go before halftime.
Glaskow finished with 89 yards on 10 carries. Coach Michael Holst said Tokay made too many unforced errors against what may have been McNair's best effort of the season.
"They capitalized on about every mistake we made and we didn't capitalize on any that they made," Holst said. "The game swings on things like that - too many mistakes, mistakes we don't' have to make and we're making them. We gotta get better."