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Douglas freshman football team rocks McQueen, 41-0

Staff reports

The members of the Douglas freshman football team were in the third grade the last time a Tigers team walked off the gridiron with a win over the McQueen Lancers.

That six-year streak ended Thursday when the Douglas freshmen ripped the Lancers, 41-0, at Keith Roman Field.

“It was a total team effort,” DHS coach Mike Blackledge said. “Everybody played well. I’m very pleased with everybody.”

Douglas’ last football win over McQueen came in 1994. And it was the freshman team that was the last to beat the Lancers.

The Tigers posted a quick 13-0 lead Thursday on first-quarter touchdown runs by Dusty Cooper and Jake Reed.

Douglas appeared ready to put the game away midway through the second quarter before a fumble into the McQueen end zone ended a promising drive. The Tigers got the ball back quickly and drove inside the Lancers’ 5-yard line, but a holding penalty and a quarterback sack stopped another scoring threat.

Blackledge said he was proud of the way the Tigers responded to the mistakes in the second half.

“I think it was a little frustrating,” the coach said. “Those things, bad snaps and penalties, happen. The kids just needed to start focusing and they did. They kept up the momentum and they played four quarters of football. That’s what it takes to win.”

Cooper broke free on a 60-yard scoring run with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Peterson ran in the conversion for a 21-0 Douglas lead.

McQueen failed to cover the ensuing kickoff and the Tigers recovered the ball at the Lancers’ 23-yard line.

Peterson punched it in from a yard out and the Tigers led 27-0 with 1:27 to play in the third.

Quarterback Luke Rippee tossed a perfectly timed 65-yard touchdown pass to Andy McIntosh early in the fourth quarter. Brandon Huff kicked his second of three PATs to put the Tigers ahead, 34-0.

Stormy Herald finished the scoring with a 2-yard plunge with 4:32 remaining.

Cooper led the Tigers’ rushing attack with 168 yards on 13 carries. Peterson added 64 yards on 11 rushes, and Rippee finished with 41 yards of rushing.

Rippee completed four of eight passes for 99 yards and one touchdown.