Ontario tailgate serves up tradition

Dan Lopez prepares to take another stack of hot dogs off the grill Friday night at the Tiger Tailgate at Ontario High School. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – You could smell the hamburgers from the city street.

The odor, though, didn’t hit full force until about halfway across the parking lot sandwiched between the Ontario High School football field and the school.

The source of the smells Friday night sat at the end of the parking lot, behind a row of cars and from under two canopies emblazoned with the Tiger logo. 

Dan Lopez stood before a large gleaming metal barbecue, his head tilted at an angle and sweat beaded like raindrops on his forehead.

“This is what it’s all about,” Lopez said with a grin as he chucked another stack of hamburgers . . .