GARDEN GROVE — Coach Roger Takahashi and Ape Tuato went into Thursday's Garden Grove League game against Santiago with a plan: Throw the ball--which Tuato did, much to Takahashi's delight.
Tuato led Los Amigos to a 49-16 victory over Santiago, and the 500 in attendance at Garden Grove saw the Lobos do something that is of paramount importance to their playoff hopes: Show some balance.
Tuato, who threw only five touchdown passes all season, threw four in the first half. He threw deep and he threw short, and he came up a big winner. Though he completed only seven of 17 passes and had one intercepted, they were for 176 yards--that's 25 yards per completion--including one pass for no yards.
"I gained a lot of confidence tonight," Tuato said. "That was the goal, to get me some confidence going into the playoffs and provide some balance to the offense."