Five standout players from the past will be inducted into the Douglas High School Football Hall of Fame tonight during the Tigers’ game against Reed.
Kenny Benson, Scott Lake, Rodney Williams, Luke Rippee and Andy McIntosh will be inducted during a ceremony to be held at halftime.
The five alums represent a span of nearly 40 years, since Benson is a 1968 Douglas graduate, Lake graduated in 1991, Williams in 1992, while Rippee and McIntosh graduated in 2004.
The following is a capsule look at each of the five:
LUKE RIPPEE: A three-year starter and all-leaguer (2001-03) who played quarterback, safety and special teams as a punt returner. He was a first-team all-conference quarterback as a sophomore, region co-Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and region Player of the Year as a senior. He passed for what was then a school-record 1,698 yards and 17 TDs (a record that was broken in 2012), and he ran for 10 TDs to go with another TD he scored on an interception return
After high school, Luke attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he walked on the football team and played three seasons. He was a member of the all-WAC Academic Team in 2005-2006 and played special teams in the Hawaii Bowl against Central Florida and the MPC Computer Bowl against Miami.
Rippee currently works as an Agent in the Investigations Division at the Nevada Gaming Control Board in Carson City.
ANDY MCINTOSH: McIntosh, along with Rippee, played a key role for Douglas in its march to an 11-1 record and berth in the Northern 4A Region championship game — where the Tigers lost to Reno. As a senior in 2003, McIntosh set school single-season receiving records of 50 receptions for 884 yards and eight TDs. His career totals of 104 receptions for 1,816 yards and 17 touchdowns still stand as school records. He was a two-time all-Northern region and all-state receiver. He was also selected as an all-league linebacker and place kicker, along with being selected to the all-state academic team his senior year.
McIntosh went to Nevada as a walk-on and finished as a four-year letterman and four-time selection to the WAC academic all-conference team. In 2005, McIntosh was part of the Wolf Pack football team that captured the conference championship.
McIntosh is currently finishing up his master’s degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, which he will complete in May.
KEN BENSON: Earned 10 varsity letters — three each in football and basketball and four in baseball — including first-team all-conference and all-state honors during his senior football season in 1967. What a season that was, too, as the Tigers went 8-2 and lost 14-13 to White Pine in a playoff for the Northern AA championship.
Benson had 21 receptions for 497 yards, 279 yards rushing (7.8 yard average) and scored eight touchdowns (three on punt returns) as a senior. His touchdown from 7 yards out was the difference in a 14-13 win against defending state champion Bishop Manogue. Benson also scored on an 80-yard punt return, caught a 70-yard TD pass from Blanchard and set up another touchdown with an interception in a win against Lowry.
After high school, Benson attended the University of Nevada for two years followed by service with the Air National Guard from 1970-76.
He also served on the Douglas County school board (president one year) and managed Heritage Ranch in Carson Valley before moving to Baker City, Ore. Benson and his wife, Jill, have three children — Alexander, 39 (a standout for Douglas in 1991 and later for a championship Baker High team in Oregon), Brad, 37, and Lindsay, 33.
RODNEY WILLIAMS: An electrifying running back during his senior season in 1991 when the Tigers went 6-3 — losing those three games by a total of eight points.
Williams earned first-team all-league honors during a season in which he rushed for 750 yards and seven touchdowns — with five of those scores coming from beyond 35 yards — and he finished with 1,386 career rushing yards. His best night was a 173-yard performance that included a 47-yard touchdown run in the Tigers’ 20-18 loss against Carson. Then there was his 74-yard touchdown run in a 14-10 win over Wooster — the Tigers’ first football win over Wooster.
Statistics don’t tell the entire story, however, since his carries were limited in a number of blowout wins.
“You don’t have to run up your stats to be a quality back,” coach Mike Rippee said at the time. “And Rodney is a quality back.”
After high school, Williams served in the military and today works as a fireman in the Reno/Sparks area.
SCOTT LAKE: A three-year varsity starter for Douglas from 1988-90 who earned all-conference and all-state honors for his play at strong safety as a junior and all-conference recognition as a linebacker and running as a senior. Lake ended his career with a performance in which he rushedf for 106 yards and 2 TDs against Granada High in Livermore, Calif. He was further honored with the team’s Iron Tiger and Most Inspirational awards his senior year.
Lake graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno with his B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2001), and the University of Wyoming with a Ph.D. (2005). He worked as a faculty member in the Animal Science Department at Purdue University for three years before returning to the University of Wyoming, where he currently is an associate professor and a beef cattle specialist in the Animal Science Department. Scott and his wife, Ruth, currently live in Laramie, Wyo., and have four children: Alexis, Kolton, Riley and Jadyn.