The Douglas High football team will be looking to rebound from a heart-breaking homecoming loss Friday night when it opens Sierra League play against Galena in Reno.
It will definitely be a challenge for Douglas (1-4) since Galena (5-0) is the defending league champion. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Douglas is looking to move past its 15-14 loss against Spanish Spring, a game in which the Cougars rallied from a 14-0 deficit and won on a touchdown and 2-point conversion with 31.0 seconds to go.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who was Galena’s first head football coach in 1993-94?
FOR THE DEFENSE: The Tigers had a number of highlights despite coming up short on the scoreboard against Spanish Springs, especially on defense. Ryan Wasser had a big night with 13 tackles (5 solo, 8 assists) plus a diving interception in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile Kyle Adams was credited with 12 tackles (4 solo, 8 assists), including one sack. The defense logged four sacks, two by Kaleb Foster, while Zack Singer and Zachary Moehle-Boston shared on another.
OFFENSIVE: Nick Abreu rushed 26 times for 210 yards and one TD to lead Douglas offensively against Spanish Springs on Friday. The junior tailback also caught four passes for 47 yards and one TD and completed his one pass for one yard.
BLOCK LIKE A TIGER: One of Abreu’s receptions came on what appeared at the time to be a key play for the Tigers on a third-and-7 play. Abreu caught a screen pass to the left side from quarterback Wes Hundley then reached the first-down marker with the aid of a big block on the sideline from Moehle-Boston and extended the play for a 14-yard gain.
AFTERMATH: That play was part of a 10-play drive which ultimately stalled on the 42 and Rocky Hanson’s 36-yard punt gave the ball to Spanish Springs at its own 6 with 10:49 left.
That was the first of four consecutive fourth-quarter possessions in which the Tigers had the ball in Spanish Springs. Douglas got the ball back on the Cougars’ 26 after a short punt, only to turn the ball over on downs at the 18. Wasser’s interception gave the back to the Tigers at the 38, however, they went three-and-out and punted the ball back to Spanish Springs for one last possession.
INJURY UPDATE: The Tigers one injury of note from last week, junior linebacker/running back Cale Kynett sustained a sprained ankle and is listed as questionable for Friday.
COUGAR STANDOUT: Gehrig Parks was a standout on both offense and defense for Spanish Springs, as he had 12 receptions for 120 yards and one TD on a fourth-down play with 2:08 left in the third quarter that made it a 14-7 game. Parks was in on 10 tackles.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Ted Borda, a 1973 Douglas High graduate who played two seasons at quarterback for the Tigers.