Douglas High football looks for first win over Reed since 2008
For the second time in as many weeks, the Douglas High football team will welcome a 2-0 team to its home field in Minden.
This go around, the Tigers will clash with the Reed Raiders – a team Douglas hasn’t beaten since a 40-13 victory in 2008.
It’s a Raider offense that has proven to be versatile in the first two weeks, posting 50-plus points over their first two opponents while picking up nearly an identical amount of yards on the ground and through the air.
Reed senior quarterback Jack Franz (No. 6) has completed 63 percent of his passes and has six touchdowns through the first two games.
Franz’s favorite two targets through the air have been Elijah Tau Tolliver (No. 27), who has also been the Raiders premier runner out of the backfield. Tolliver has put together 377 all-purpose yards in his first two contests.
Similar to a lot of teams in Reno, the Raiders will spread three to four wide receivers out on a majority of their plays, but will motion wideouts closer to the line of scrimmage for adding blocking. Five different Reed running backs are averaging over 9.5 yards per carry coming into Friday’s contest.
“I think they’re a pretty talented football team,“ said Douglas head coach Ernie Monfiletto. “I think we’re playing a really talented football team and we have to be on our best. I don’t think it’s an impossible task.”
Monfiletto’s focus is on controlling the gaps and staying responsible to coverage schemes and designs.
The Douglas head coach added the Tigers’ defense did not accomplish that against Reno and has a second tough test to bounce back to prove themselves.
On offense, the Tigers are hoping to match the productivity they saw in the first two weeks where they posted point totals of 53 and 63 in winning efforts.
“I thought we were effective passing. We just can’t turn the ball over like we did,” said Monfiletto. “We just have to be patient.”
Douglas sophomore quarterback Isaac Shaver has proven to be that effective quarterback Monfiletto has been looking for.
Shaver has thrown for 548 yards and six touchdowns in his first three games alongside three interceptions and Monfiletto admits he’s already seeing plenty of growth in the young man under center.
“Making sure that he identifies what they’re giving him and take it. I think he’s on the road. He’s a really intelligent kid,” said Monfiletto. “He understands the game. Now, he just needs to slow things down and I think he’s going to do that.”
Douglas’ passing attack had some trouble against Reno, but if the Tigers can establish its running game early behind junior tailback Trevor Kruger it could go a long way to opening up the field for Shaver and company.