For the second time in four years, the Douglas High School football program is headed to Idaho for a game.
The Tigers are kicking off their 2014 schedule on Aug. 30 at the Best of the West Rocky Mountain Rumble in Pocatello, Idaho, where they will face Minico in a 10:30 a.m. contest at Idaho State University’s indoor Holt Arena.
“We’re excited about going back to Idaho,” coach Ernie Monfiletto said. “They did an exceptional job of taking care of us when we went up there three years ago, so we jumped at the opportunity to go back.”
Douglas also opened its 2011 season at the Rocky Mountain Rumble, losing 49-36 against Pocatello.
“This is a great opportunity to get the kids away and do some team building, and get a win,” said Monfiletto, who was an assistant on the 2011 Douglas coaching staff.
The Minico Spartans from Rupert, Idaho, compiled a 5-5 record and finished third in the 4A Great Basin-West during the 2013 season.
Minico is one of the original Rocky Mountain Rumble participants — in 2013 the Spartans were 27-10 victors over Park City, Utah. Tim Perrigot has coached the program for the past 18 years (65-33 since 2004, according to MaxPreps.com). In 2011 the Spartans won at Galena, 40-34.
“I know they have a quality program that does things the right way,” Monfiletto said. “I understand they’re always very competitive.”
The Tigers will play their home opener on Sept. 12 at Reno. The game will serve as induction night for the Douglas Football Hall of Fame.
Douglas originally had two bye weeks on its schedule, however, the open date on Oct. 10 was filled by a game against Spanish Springs that has been designated as thehomecoming game. The Tigers still have a bye date on Oct. 24, to be followed by games against Damonte Ranch and Carson.
Note: Eric Borja was recently announced as the new football coach at Spanish Springs. Borja replaces Scott Hare, who resigned in December to accept a position at the helm of Mesa High School’s football program in Arizona. Hare spent eight season as head coach at Spanish Springs.