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Douglas defense plays well in loss

Give credit to the Douglas High defensive unit for its performance against high-powered Reed on Friday night.

After producing a number of big plays through three quarters, however, the Tigers were unable to continue containment as Reed surged to a 34-6 loss in Sparks.

Reed (2-0 overall) scored 27 points on four successive possessions during a span of eight minutes in the third and fourth quarters to pull away in the non-conference contest. Douglas (0-2) only trailed 7-6 before the Raiders broke through to score their second touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter.

"We played great defense for three quarters," Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto noted. "We just need to finish."

Among the top performers on the defensive side were free safety Kane Hoyopatubbi with three interceptions and five tackles and linebacker Jayden Foster with 14 tackles (11 solo). Chris Flores had six tackles (three solo), Austin Aiken four tackles, Alex Rice four tackles and Christopher Merritt two tackles. Flores and Merritt were credited with quarterback sacks.

Reed's first two touchdowns came on trick plays as senior running back Josiah Schmidt threw scoring passes of 16 and 3 yards. The second pass, caught by Eric Schmitz-Moran, came on a fourth down play.

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Reed has won five region championships in six years. The Raiders are 33-10 all-time against Douglas, with 16 straight wins in regular season and postseason play. The last time Douglas defeated Reed was 40-13 during the 2008 regular season.

Offensively speaking

Likewise, Reed's defense was dominant, setting the tone from the start when it held the Tigers to three-and-out on negative yardage on their opening possession of the night.

Douglas, which has 10 new starters on its offensive unit, got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when junior wide receiver Devon Ryan caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Hickey. The touchdown was White's fourth of the season and he finished the night with five receptions for 38 yards.

Hickey was 7-for-26 passing with two interceptions and 53 yards. The senior quarterback rushed for 18 yards.

Douglas was limited to 94 yards rushing, led by Dakota Lowden with 56 yards on 22 carries.

Through two games this season — including a 56-32 defeat against Rigby on Aug. 26 at the Rocky Mountain Rumble in Pocatello, Idaho — the Tigers have scored 26 of their 38 points in the first half. They have not scored in the third quarter in either game.

Visit http://sparkstrib.com/ to read the Sparks Tribune's Reed-Douglas game report.

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Douglas plays at home Friday in its Hall of Fame Game against Spanish Springs. The Northern 4A cross-over game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Spanish Springs is 1-1 and coming off a 42-7 win at home last Friday against Foothill (Palo Cedro, Calif.). The Cougars lost their opener on Aug. 26, 43-0, against Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Idaho) as part of the Rocky Mountain Rumble.

Douglas defeated Spanish Springs 24-6 in the first-round of the region playoffs last year. The Tigers hold a 6-4 lead in the all-time series against Spanish Springs.

The Tigers will also celebrate Military Tribute Night on Sept. 22 when they host Reno. As part of the Military Tribute Night pregame ceremony, each of the Tigers' players will escort a veteran or active military member who has been selected from the community.

Reed 34, Douglas 6

Douglas 0- 6- 0- 0 — 6

Reed 7- 0- 7-20 — 34

First quarter

R — Cotter 16 pass from Schmidt (Sawyer kick), 3:04

Second quarter

D — Ryan 8 pass from Hickey (PAT failed), 8:07

Third quarter

R — Schmitz-Moran 3 pass from Schmidt (Sawyer kick), :57

Fourth quarter

R — Schmidt 3 run (Sawyer kick), 10:21

R — McCoy 25 pass from Emerson (PAT failed), 8:04

R — Scott 62 pass from Emerson (Sawyer kick), 5:09

Individual stats (from MaxPreps.com)

Rushing — Douglas (39-94): Lowden 22-56, Hickey 16-18, Flores 1-20. Reed (31-123): Schmidt 13-93, Mitchell 3-12, Robertson 2-6, Emerson 9-4, McCoy 2-4, Colby 1-3, Moreno 1-1.

Passing — Douglas: Hickey 7-26-2-53. Reed: Emerson 22-29-2-290, Schmidt 2-2-0-19, Horning 1-2-1-3.

Receiving — Douglas: Ryan 5-36, Lowden 1-11, Williams 1-6. Reed: Schmidt 6-85, McCoy 6-58, Moreno 5-61, Scott 2-66, Wrede 2-21, Cotter 2-19, Schmidtz-Moran 1-3.