Football: Spanish Springs rolls over Douglas |

Football: Spanish Springs rolls over Douglas

by Joey Crandall

After a solid showing through the first four weeks of the season, this couldn’t have been the way the Douglas football team wanted to cap off its non-league slate.

The bad news was that Spanish Springs simply ran over the Tigers, winning 59-28 in a game it essentially owned from the opening kickoff.

The good news was that none of it counts toward the playoff standings.

The Tigers (3-2, 0-0) were simply overmatched in every facet of the game against an upstart Spanish Springs squad that, coupled with top-ranked Reed’s upset loss at Carson Friday night, should be considered the team to beat in Northern Nevada from hereon out.

Douglas opens league play at home against Galena next week.

“They (Spanish Springs) are a better football team than us right now,” Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said. “They were the better football team tonight. They dominated us in every aspect of the game.

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“Offense, special teams, defense. We have to get better.”

The statistics were simply staggering.

The game was 43 plays old before Douglas achieved its first first down.

Spanish Springs converted nine of its first 12 third downs. Following two of the failed conversions, it converted on fourth down. The remaining third down, it kicked a field goal to end the first half.

It was on the Cougars’ 13th third down of the game, with a 52-21 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter, that Douglas forced the first Spanish Springs punt of the night.

The Cougars sacked Douglas quarterback Michael Nolting five times — more than he had been sacked in the previous four games combined. They blocked two Douglas punts and held the vaunted Tiger aerial attack to just 178 yards.

Spanish Springs opened the game with a methodic drive to the Douglas 3-yard line before fumbling into the Tiger end zone where linebacker EJ Rose jumped on the loose ball. Douglas was forced into a quick 3-and-out on the ensuing possession, though, and Spanish Springs drove 58 yards on eight plays to take a 7-0 lead on a five-yard run from CJ Carrithers.

Another Douglas punt set Spanish Springs up at its own 40-yard line. The Cougars down on 10 plays before junior quarterback Hunter Fralick punched the ball in on fourth-and-1 for the 14-0 lead.

Douglas quickly punted away again, but Taylor Souza recovered a fumbled snap to give the Tigers’ the ball back at its own 39.

Nolting hit Dusty Fisher on a hook-and-lateral play, with the pitch going to Conner Peterson for a 17-yard gain for the first Tigers’ first down of the game.

Peterson finished the night with 24 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Fisher was limited to just four catches for 55 yards.

Two plays later, Fisher took a reverse option pitch 32 yards for a touchdown, cutting the score to 14-7.

Spanish Springs scored on its next two possessions to extend its lead to 28-7.

Douglas was able to cut it back down to 28-14 on a 33 pass from Nolting to Garet Rice, but the Cougars came right back with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Fralick to Ryder Lowry.

The Cougars tacked on a field goal just before halftime for a 38-14 lead. The game wouldn’t get any closer from there.

“We just didn’t make the adjustments to what they were doing,” Monfiletto said. “That starts with the coaching staff. We should have been able to adjust. We have to look at the film and fix it.

“We’ll put this behind us tomorrow morning and start preparing for the Galena Grizzlies.”

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