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Tigers rally past Miners for homecoming win

Ryland DeSomber said he was simply doing his job for the Douglas Tigers Friday night.

The junior linebacker's red zone interception in the third quarter was a "game changer," then Hunter Hickey and Will Williams ran for touchdowns that lifted the Tigers to a 32-28 homecoming win over Bishop Manogue at Keith Roman Field.

Manogue held a 28-17 lead and was in position to score again before DeSomber intercepted a pass with 2:08 left in the third quarter. Two plays later, Hickey took a quarterback keeper 88 yards for a touchdown and Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 5-yard sweep in the fourth quarter as Douglas rallied to win the Sierra League opener.

On a night when the Tigers rushed for 363 yards and had 503 yards in total offense, Manogue was still in position to take control of the game after driving to the 11. Then a third-and-7 play action pass to the end zone was picked off by DeSomber.

"I was just doing my 1/11th job," DeSomber said. "There are 11 players on the field and we all have a job to do. The tight end came across, I just sat there and he threw it right to me. That was really a game changer. That seemed to spark the defense because we didn't give up much after that. We were just playing Black Hat defense and flying to the ball."

Douglas (1-0 league, 3-3 overall) put the game away in the final three minutes after Haydn Brown recovered a fumble to stop a drive by Manogue (0-1, 3-3) at the Tigers' 37.

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Dawson Coman's 70-yard TD run in the first quarter gave Douglas a 7-0 lead and DeSomber's 5-yard run made it 14-all in the second quarter.

Manogue scored on a 58-yard pass from quarterback Lincoln Hauck to Daunte Garrett as time expired at the end of the first quarter. Dontell Jackson scored on a 52-yard run and Hauck scored on a 60-yard run as the Miners took a 21-14 lead.

Manogue had another scoring opportunity end shortly before halftime when Reagan Roberson recovered a fumble at the 24 with 1:08 showing on the clock. The Tigers drove to the 5 before Josh Gurule kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired.

The Tigers got the ball on the 18 after an errant punt attempt snap and they ran the ball on seven straight plays, capped by Williams' touchdown sweep with 9:25 to play.

DOUGLAS 32, BISHOP MANOGUE 28

Manogue 7-14- 7- 0 — 28

Douglas 7-10- 8- 7 — 32

First quarter

D — Coman 70 run (Gurule kick), 8:34

M — Garrett 58 pass from Hauck (Garrett kick), 0:00

Second quarter

M — Jackson 52 run (Garrett kick), 9:14

D — DeSomber 5 run (Gurule kick), 3:59

M — Hauck 60 run (Garrett kick), 3:45

D — Gurule 33 field goal, 0:00

Third quarter

M — Reviglio 6 run (Garrett kick), 7:24

D — Hickey 88 run (Williams run), 1:28

Fourth quarter

D — Williams 1 run (Gurule kick), 9:25

Individual statistics (unofficial)

Rushing — Douglas (56-363, 6.48 average): Hickey 12-136, Coman 14-120, DeSomber 26-86, Williams 4-21. Manogue (31-217, 7.0 yard average): Hauck 15-116, Jackson 6-61, Reviglio 6-23, Dixon 3-9, Aparicio 1-8.

Passing — Douglas: Hickey 12-17-0-140 (2 sacks, 7 yards). Manogue: Hauck 7-16-1-136.

Receiving — Douglas: Harker 4-41, Williams 3-45, Cobb 1-25, Brown 1-18, DeSomber 1-8, Coman 2-3. Manogue: Garrett 5-101, Aparicio 1-25, Miller 1-10.