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Douglas faces Elko in Friday football matchup

by Chuck Smock, Record-Courier sports editor

The Douglas football team will enter Friday’s home game with Elko with the same short list of objectives the Tigers had last week during their 15-0 win over Fallon.

Tigers’ head coach Mike Rippee said his players will have to limit the number of mental mistakes on offense, avoid giving up the big play on defense and win the battle of special teams and the kicking game.

This week, however, missing an assignment will be more crucial than it was last week against a Fallon team that has a new head coach, a new offense and a sophomore quarterback.

Elko is coming off a decisive 41-21 victory over Reno High last Friday. And the Indians are riding a wave of success that includes a zone championship in 1998 and a runner-up finish in the zone playoffs last year.

Defensively, the Tigers will try to build on an impressive outing that included holding the Greenwave to minus-2 yards of offense in the first half and allowing only four first downs in the entire game.

“This offense offers a much tougher challenge,” Rippee said. “They run the wing-T and they run it real well. We’ll try to control things up front and play assignment football. We want to be tough at point of attack, but we have to be disciplined.

“They’re a talented team, they have a lot of confidence and they’ve had a lot of success in the last few years.”

The Tigers piled up nearly 300 yards of offense against the Greenwave, but it was hardly a consistent performance. In fact, DHS offensive coordinator Ernie Monfiletto used the word “quagmire” to describe his squad’s performance on the rain-soaked field.

Douglas appeared to be unstoppable in its first possession, marching 65 yards in nine plays before an offsides penalty on a first-and-goal play from the Fallon 5-yard line derailed the Tigers. Four plays later, they turned the ball over on downs.

Later in the first quarter, a fumbled snap on third down deep in Fallon territory led to another failed conversion attempt on fourth down.

For the game, the Tigers were 1-for-10 on third-down conversions and 0-for-3 on fourth-down attempts.

“The effort was great and we saw some good things,” Rippee said. “There were just a lot of little errors offensively. We weren’t happy with the third-down conversions and the mistakes in the red zone.

“Hopefully, we’ll get the mistakes worked out. We can’t make the same mistakes this week or we’ll be the ones without any points on the board.”