What was the difference this past Friday night for Damonte Ranch in its 36-7 victory against Douglas?
Start with quarterback Kyle Daugherty, who was 20-for-31 in the passing department, covering 317 yards and three touchdowns.
The 6-foot-5 senior quarterback utilized eight different receivers, five of whom caught passes during a game-turning 17-play, 93-yard touchdown drive at the end of the first half. Daugherty completed 6 of 10 passes for 119 yards during the drive, capped by Sean Pinching’s 26-yard TD grab on fourth-and-24 to give Damonte Ranch a 14-7 lead with 17.7 seconds left before halftime.
So, how does a quarterback throw for 117 yards on one drive? The Douglas defense stopped five plays for negative yards along the way, including a quarterback sack by Zach Kinder on second-and-11, as well as back-to-back sacks by Cale Kynett that put the Mustangs in a third-and-26 hole, just moments before the touchdown pass. The Mustangs were also called for holding twice during the drive.
It’s also worth noting that Kynett was coming back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for the Galena game one week before.
INFRACTIONS — There was an abundance of yellow — as in penalty flags. Damonte Ranch had 15 calls and 174 yards marched off, including three unsportsmanlike conduct flags in the fourth quarter (two within a span of three plays) when the score was 36-7. On the other hand, the Tigers were called for two infractions for 25 yards. In between, there were offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the third quarter after the Mustangs ran a fake kick into the end zone for a 2-point conversion.
PLAYOFF PICTURE: The race for first-place in the Sierra League appears wide open after last week. Carson, coming off a bye, is alone in first with a 1-0 record. Damonte Ranch stands at 2-1, while Galena and Bishop Manogue are 1-1.
Douglas (0-2 league, 1-6 overall) finishes its regular season with two home games, starting this Friday against a Manogue team that just knocked Galena from the unbeaten ranks, 30-20.
The Tigers then have a bye week before coming back on Nov. 1 to host arch rival Carson.