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Tigers hold on to win opener

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Big plays on offense and defense staked the Douglas High football team to an early lead Saturday morning and the Tigers held on for a 31-28 season-opening win against Minico in Pocatello, Idaho.

Cale Kynett scored two touchdowns — one on a 73-yard pass and another on a 33-yard run — and Kaleb Foster scored on a 93-yard interception return as the Tigers took a 21-14 halftime lead they never relinquished during the Rocky Mountain Rumble at Holt Arena.

Kynett took a short pass from quarterback Nick Abreu on the right side and then cut back across the field on his way to a 73-yard touchdown that gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead with 1:32 left in the first quarter.

Minico threatened on its next possession, only to be denied on an interception by Bryce James at the 12. The Spartans drove to the 6 early in the second quarter before Foster tipped a pass, gathered in an interception at the 7 and took it all the way back for a touchdown and 13-6 lead.

Minico went up 14-13 on a 65-yard pass from Tanner Harper to Nico Chavez.

The Douglas defense buckled down, however, and held the Spartans to minus-16 yards in total offense through the last 8:28 of the half. Minico began its next possession from the 44, however, Zach Singer and Andrew Jensen combined on a first down sack and Kynett stopped a third-down reverse for an 8-yard loss to force a punt.

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Douglas drove 66 yards on five plays, capped by Kynett's 33-yard run. Foster added the 2-point conversion to give the Tigers a 21-14 lead with 3:25 left before halftime. Kynett rushed for 100 of his game-high 150 yards in the second half.

Adrian Gonzalez kicked a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter and Abreu scored on a 6-yard run with 8:56 left in the fourth to make it 31-14.

Minico scored two late touchdowns, the last with 43 seconds to go, but the Spartans were unable to recover two onside kick attempts.

Douglas 31, Minico 28

Douglas 7-14-3-7 — 31

Minico 7-7-0-14 — 28

First quarter

M — Chavez 31 pass from Harper (pass failed), 2:40

D — Kynett 73 pass from Abreu (Kynett kick), 1:32

Second quarter

D — Foster 93 interception return (kick failed), 9:10

M — Chavez 65 pass from Harper (Williams pass from Harper), 8:28

D — Kynett 33 run (Foster run), 3:25

Third quarter

D — A. Gonzalez 31 field goal, 10:11

Fourth quarter

D — Abreu 6 run (A. Gonzalez kick), 8:56

M — 2 run (Harper kick), 5:41

M — Freiburger 30 pass from Harper (Harper kick), :43

Individual statistics

Rushing: (Douglas 51-278) Kynett 22-150, Abreu 24-102, Melhus 2-19, Foster 3-7. (Minico 26-13) Harper 8-15, Freiburger 10-(minus) 2, Davis 4-7, Crystal 1-(minus) 1, Jensen 1-(minus) 6, Chavez 1-(minus) 8.

Passing: (Douglas) Abreu 8-15-0-122. (Minico) Harper 19-38-2-318.

Receiving: (Douglas) Foster 3-24, Kynett 2-71, Leitenbauer 2-15, Duzan 1-12. (Minico) Chavez 7-204, Caldera 8-48, Freiburger 3-55, Barclay 1-41, Biermann 1-11.

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