Douglas High's Austin Pitts (50) and Sage Adie (72) combined for a sack, during the first quarter of the Tigers' contest against Reno Friday evening.
Photo by Carter Eckl.
After noticing some things to clean up last week, Douglas High football lurched into league play Friday evening against Reno.
The Tigers and Huskies were tied, 7-7, after a 65-yard run from Connor Jackson on Douglas’ first offensive play from scrimmage.
From there, Reno posted 46 unanswered points, handing the Tigers a 53-7 loss to open the Class 5A league season.
(Connor Jackson (22) breaks free for a 65-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Douglas High’s football game at Reno Friday evening / Carter Eckl)
How it happened
With a touchdown apiece less than three minutes into the first quarter, the two teams looked destined for a shootout.
The Tigers attempted an onside kick after scoring, but an early touching inside of 10 yards gave Reno possession.
After a fourth down conversion, the Huskies completed their second drive by going 52 yards and scoring six points.
Reno needed one play to find the end zone again as Hayden Parga hit Drew Dutton for a 69-yard strike after a Tiger punt, making it 20-7.
Douglas’ third drive looked like the one that was going to set the tone as the Tigers marched down the field, racking up six first downs in the process, to the Huskies’ 23.
An interception by Reno’s Breck Worthen stalled the drive and Reno capitalized with six points, taking a 26-7 with 4:40 left in the first half.
With 4:05 left in the half Reno had extended the lead to 35-7 after a safety and a Worthen 45-yard touchdown run on the first play, following the safety punt.
Austin Dekruyf capped the first half with an interception for the Tigers, but the Huskies continued to pull away in the second half.
Douglas only picked up a handful of first downs in the remaining 24 minutes of play as Reno’s offense continued to roll.
Douglas head coach Kyle Mays said he had nothing to add postgame, declining to comment on the result.
UP NEXT: Douglas (1-3, 0-1) will host Galena for Homecoming next Friday at 7 p.m. The Grizzlies (3-1, 1-0) bested Carson Friday night, 27-10, winning their first league contest since 2019.
Galena 27, Carson 10
Reed 37, Damonte Ranch 21
Bishop Manogue 52, McQueen 24
Fernley 48, Sparks 17
Elko 44, North Valleys 0 (Cole Smalley (42) anticipates the play and gets rewarded with a sack fumble, during the Tigers’ loss at Reno Friday evening / Carter Eckl)