Douglas-Carson football now has a trophy
Since 1923, the Douglas Tigers and Carson Senators have engaged in what has become known as the oldest high school football rivalry in Nevada.
Now, that rivalry has a name and a trophy to show for it.
Coaches Blair Roman and Ernie Monfiletto collaborated this offseason to come up with the idea for the newly created Rivalry Trophy.
Monfiletto said it all with his recent post on the Douglas Tigers Facebook page: “People always ask what the Douglas vs Carson rivalry is called and what it means to our programs. Coach (Blair) Roman and I always answer, “It’s The Rivalry!” Nothing else needs to be said. There’s nothing like watching these two programs square off on a Friday night.”
Monfiletto, who has served as the Tigers’ head coach since 2012 and been on the coaching staff since 1996, elaborated further on Wednesday when asked about the rivalry.
“It’s 75 years of history, so that’s pretty neat,” he said. “We don’t need to make things up for something that exists, and so, that’s what that trophy is going to be called … The Rivalry Trophy.”
The 4-foot tall trophy is as simple as the title implies, consisting of a refurbished mining cart with a silver metal plaque in the shape of Nevada, complete with Douglas Tigers and Carson Senators emblems.
Roman has the unique distinction of being Carson’s head coach since 2008 and also a 1987 Douglas graduate. Furthermore, the Tigers’ field is named for his father, Keith Roman.
“The main thing was that we wanted to honor the rivalry and commemorate the first 75 meetings,” Roman said. “It looks great, and now the kids on both teams have something to play for.”
Monfiletto echoed those words.
“There are a lot of generations of kids who have gone before us that have fought to have bragging rights over that. We really have not had anything to commemorate that rivalry and now we do,” he said. “We’re excited about it.”
Monfiletto went on to credit the efforts of longtime Carson assistant coach Jim de Arrieta, as well as Burns Machinery in Minden and Jared Hyatt’s metals and welding program at Douglas High. He also acknowledged contributions from Alltizer Powder Coating and Award Zone in Carson City.
de Arrieta, a kicking/punting specialist and former standout at Lowry High in Winnemucca who later played football at Notre Dame, originally found and purchased the miner’s cart on eBay.
“That miner’s cart was donated by Jim de Arrieta; he went far and above the call of duty,” Monfiletto said. “It was in pretty rough shape, but he put a mountain of work into getting it together, cleaning it up, lacquering it. He really did a first class job to make that thing outstanding.”
Douglas took possession of the trophy last Thursday, based on its 2016 regular season-ending 31-17 victory in Carson City in the 75th football meeting between the two schools.
Carson leads the overall series, 49-23-3.
One side of the cart has Douglas painted on it and other side has Carson, Monfiletto explained.
“We’ll turn the trophy toward the side whoever wins,” Monfiletto said. “Right now, it’s Douglas. But in the future at some point, I’m sure they’ll have an opportunity to have it point their way.”
Monfiletto said the winning team and score will be listed on the trophy’s plaque starting this year.
“We’ll take it out Carson week; we won’t take it out before then,” Monfiletto said of the trophy. “We don’t plan on getting ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to do all the things to prepare to win that game.
“Obviously, we look forward to the rivalry, but our first focus is Pocatello,” he added, referring to the Tigers’ season-opening game on Aug. 26 against Rigby, Idaho, as part of the Rocky Mountain Rumble in Pocatello.
Carson kicks off its season the same day against Lewiston, Idaho, as part of the Rocky Mountain Rumble at Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus. Galena and Spanish Springs are also playing in the two-day event.
Douglas is scheduled to host Carson on Nov. 3, a 7 p.m. Friday night game to end the regular season.
“I don’t know if that means the rivalry means any more to either of us, but it is one thing that allows either program to celebrate the most recent victory,” Monfiletto said.