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Tigers looking to final two games

Ryland DeSomber runs with the football for Douglas against Damonte Ranch on Friday.
Brad Coman |

The Douglas High football team is entering its bye week with ample opportunity to improve its opportunities in the Sierra League playoff chase.

Douglas (1-1 league, 3-4 overall) has two away games remaining on its regular season schedule: Oct. 21 against Galena in Reno and then a Thursday night rivalry test at Carson on Oct. 27.

One win will assure the Tigers of a No. 3 seed for the playoffs, and an opening round game at Reno as opposed to five-time region champion Reed. Two wins will put them in position to host playoff action and even earn a share of first-place — depending on the outcome of Carson’s game at Damonte Ranch this coming Friday.

There remains a good deal of football to be played and the Tigers are looking to improve and to continue the momentum they built during a 29-point fourth quarter last Friday in a 47-42 Senior Night loss against Damonte Ranch.

“We just need to execute better,” senior wide receiver/strong safety Haydn Brown said afterward.

Brown spoke in reference to turnovers on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter in which Damonte Ranch converted fumble recoveries into touchdowns. In the process, the Mustangs stretched their 28-13 halftime lead to 41-13.

The key to this game came much earlier, though. After Damonte Ranch went three-and-out on its first possession, the teams exchanged punts before Cameron Sandoval took a handoff on second-down and cutback behind right tackle Adonis Williams, an Air Force-commit, and sped 71 yards for a touchdown.

The Tigers had an opportunity of their own after stopping a fake punt and taking over at the Damonte Ranch 35. Dawson Coman burst 12 yards on first down, then Ryland DeSomber followed with back-to-back 6-yard runs to the 11 before the drive stalled and Brown was wide right on 29-yard field goal attempt with 1:07 left in the first quarter.

Damonte Ranch turned the ball around and extended its lead when sophomore quarterback Cade McNamara unloaded a third-and-20 pass deep to speedy Dru Jacobs, who outran the secondary to make the catch for a 74-yard touchdown.

The Tigers played catch up the rest of the way, however, they did answer with a six-play, 63-yard scoring drive of their own. Quarterback Hunter Hickey recovered his own fumble, and with two defenders charging hard, he threw to a wide open Brown downfield for a 30-yard touchdown.

Brown scored again on a 13-yard pass from Hickey in the end zone with 22 seconds to go before halftime.

The Tigers trailed 47-13 when senior Will Williams scored on an 81-yard kick return. Dawson Coman ran 48 yards for a touchdown on a third-and-8 play and Hickey threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:20 to make it 47-42, however, the Tigers never got the ball back for a shot at winning the game.