Two touchdowns scored during a span of 96 seconds bridging the third and fourth quarters were the difference Friday night for the Douglas Tigers in their regular season-ending 19-13 overtime loss against Carson.
After a dominant first-half performance in which they took a 13-0 lead, the Tigers saw their advantage disappear quickly when Carson scored a touchdown with 50.3 seconds left in the third period, followed by a 42-yard interception return from Aaron Perez in the opening minute of the fourth, tying the game at 13-13.
In the end, the game was decided by Joey Thurman’s 2-yard touchdown run in overtime as Carson (4-0 Sierra League, 7-2 overall) prevailed to win another barnburner in Nevada’s oldest high school rivalry.
Four games in the series have gone to overtime, three of which have been won by the Senators. The last four meetings have been decided by a total of 13 points.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Douglas (1-3, 2-7) had an advantage thanks to its big first half. The Tigers came out ahead in first downs (19-14), total offense (346-287) and rushing yardage (285-154). When breaking down the numbers, however, Douglas rushed for 214 yards in the first half compared to 71 in the second. The Tigers racked up 15 first downs in the first half, 4 in the second. On the other hand, Carson rushed for 46 yards in the first half, 110 in the second. The Senators still drove the ball into Douglas territory on four occasions before they finally got on the scoreboard when Joey Thurman caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Schafer.
FIRST SCORE: Douglas took a 3-0 lead on its second possession with a 12-play drive that ended when Tay Simms kicked a 25-yard field goal that struck the left upright and caromed across the bar. That drive marked the first time the Tigers used the Wildcat offense with Kaleb Foster taking the direct snap — he ran for 13 and 12 yards on back-to-back carries to set up first-and-goal at the 8.
DOUGLAS TOUCHDOWN: Cale Kynett scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to cap a 12-play, 73-yard drive to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead. Hundley scrambled for 10 yards to convert one third down play and completed a 5-yard pass to Bailey Vidaurri on third-and-4. Kynett scored on a first-and-goal run up the middle.
FIRST HALF CAPPER: The Tigers’ defense stopped a Carson drive at the 32 on the ensuing series, as Carson’s fourth down pass fell incomplete with 1:14 showing on the clock. Douglas only needed six plays to move into scoring position as Mason Rhoads broke a 20-yard run, followed by Hundley’s 25-yard scamper. Hundley also had an 18-yard run to the 21 to set up Simms for his season-long 38-yard field goal as time expired at halftime. Hundley rushed for 122 yards on the night. Rhoads, filling in for Nick Abreu who missed the game with a shoulder injury, rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries.