FULLERTON, Calif. -- The chants resonated by the time Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) trotted onto the football field last week for the first time this season. A cheering section of fans rose to their feet.
“To-a! To-a! To-a!”
The longtime USC commit had waited nearly a full calendar year to make his return to competition following his transfer from Lakewood (Calif.), where his father was the head coach up until last season. On the first snap Friday night, with all the excitement built up, Lobendahn leveled his defender, pushing a helpless lineman some 10 yards down field.