Tigers looking to final two games
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.