Douglas High football coach Ernie Monfiletto is taking no shortcuts to prepare for what promises to be a highly challenging schedule this season.
After all, the Tigers open their season on Aug. 30 with a game at the Best of the West Rocky Mountain Rumble in Pocatello, Idaho, where they face the Minico Spartans from Rupert, Idaho).
In the meantime, hometown fans will have an opportunity to see the Tigers Saturday when they host McQueen in a preseason scrimmage.
The freshman and junior varsity teams will be in action on Keith Roman Field at 9 a.m. The varsity teams are scheduled to start their scrimmage between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Admission for the scimmage is free.
“We had contact at the South Tahoe camp a month ago, now the kids are excited about getting back and banging with McQueen,” said Monfiletto, who is entering his third season as head coach and 19th season overall with the program. “This will be a good physical test to prepare us for the season.”
McQueen certainly represents a good challenge, since the Lancers possess one of the richest high school football traditions in Northern Nevada (six state titles since the Reno school opened in 1982). McQueen defeated Douglas, 40-28, in week two of the 2013 season. The two teams are not scheduled to play each other this season.
Douglas is coming off a 2-8 record (1-3 Sierra League), however, they did succeed in extending the program’s streak of consecutive playoff appearances to 13 seasons.
The current roster features a mix of veterans and youth, including five sophomores. Among the leading returnees are starters Nick Abreu, who is now the apparent starter at quarterback after playing at running back last year; Cale Kynett (linebacker/tailback), Kaleb Foster (linebacker/running back), Andrew Jensen (offensive and defensive line) and Zack Singer (offensive and defensive line). Jensen was a first-team all-league offensive guard and second-team defensive tackle last season. Second-team awards were also collected by Abreu at running back, along with Kynett and Foster as linebackers.
The Tigers are facing a formidable challenge to kick off the regular season against Minico indoors at Holt Arena. Minico lost only 10 seniors from a team that compiled a 5-5 record in 2013.
Note: Northern Nevada football actually kicks off Saturday when Reed plays Mountain Pointe (Ariz.) at the Sollenberger Classic at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Reed has won three straight Northern Division I region championships and four of the last five. Mountain Pointe is the defending Arizona Division I state champion (14-0). The Reed Raiders also face Clovis North (Clovis, Calif.) on Aug. 30 in the Honor Bowl at Del Oro High School (Loomis, Calif.), as well as Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) on their preseason schedule. Clovis North was 11-3 and CIF Central Section Division I finalist in 2013 and Oak Ridge was 12-2 and CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I finalist.