After facing tradition-rich Reno and McQueen programs on the road back-to-back to open its season, the Douglas High football team finally gets to play at home tonight. The schedule isn’t getting any easier, unfortunately, as the Tigers host two-time defending Division I Northern Region champion Reed.
Douglas (0-2) is looking forward to the challenge presented by Reed (1-0) and ready to bounce back from those losses against Reno (28-21) and McQueen (40-14), according to coach Ernie Monfiletto.
“We are going to rebound,” Monfiletto said. “We’re working to eliminate mistakes and we’re going to get after them the best we can. The kids are focused and they realize little things matter … that the big things won’t go right unless you take care of the little things first. The kids clearly understand that, and so does the coaching staff.”
Among those mistakes during the McQueen game were three on special teams that resulted in or led to 21 points for the Lancers.
“This week’s motto is execution,” Monfiletto said.
Looking back, Douglas has seen their season end with losses against Reed four of the last five years, including a 47-14 loss in the first round of the Northern region playoffs last year. The Tigers have lost seven straight meetings since beating Reed 40-13 early in the 2008 season.
Then again, this is not about payback. The primary objective is to prepare for the Sierra League season and then the playoffs.
“This will test us early and make us better later on,” Monfiletto said of the challenging early season schedule.