LODI -- What was the hardest part of Manteca's preparation to play Tokay?
For Buffaloes coach Eric Reis, it was keeping his team from peeking at the schedule and seeing ancient and traditional rival Tracy next on the near horizon.
Did he succeed in the latter effort?
The 49-17 final margin of victory is a poor barometer of that, since Manteca found itself trailing at halftime before running off 35 unanswered points.
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The Buffaloes (2-0) were riddled by Tokay quarterback Luke McCurdy in the first half. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 169 yards, including touchdowns of 20 and 36 yards to brother Casey McCurdy, as the Tigers took a 17-14 halftime lead.
Tokay managed only two first downs and 14 yards of offense in the second half as Manteca quickly took charge.
The Buffaloes took the lead when Nick Ortiz scored on a 19-yard strike from Adam Espinoza on a halfback option pass in the third quarter.