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Douglas took its chances against Rigby

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Hunter Hickey

Douglas High football coach Ernie Monfiletto felt he had nothing to lose by taking a chance or two Saturday morning. He was most likely correct about that, especially the way the high-powered Rigby Trojans moved the ball on their way to a 56-32 win during the 10th annual Rocky Mountain Rumble at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.

As for taking chances, Douglas was one-for-three on fourth-down conversion attempts. The Tigers turned their one successful conversion into a touchdown, while Rigby converted both of its stops into touchdowns during a run in which the Trojans scored 42 unanswered points during a span bridging the second and fourth quarters.

Here is how it all played out:

First, a pass from punt formation on a fourth-and-3 play from the Douglas 34 — a call that didn't come from the sidelines — paid dividends when Cole Kudrna caught a 28-yard strike from Chris Flores to move the chains. The Tigers went on to finish off a 13-play, 77-yard drive when tailback Dakota Lowden caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hunter Hickey to give Douglas a 13-7 lead.

Second, the Tigers tried to answer after they fell behind 21-20 in the final four minutes before halftime and went for it on fourth-and-1 from its own 44. The result was a turnover on a fumble. One play later, Rigby quarterback Tanner Clayton threw a 47-yard scoring strike to Ben Fullmer as the Trojans extended their lead to 28-20.

Third, Douglas received the second half kickoff and drove to the Rigby 41 before Nate Franz, a returning all-district defensive tackle, sacked Hickey on first down. After two passes fell incomplete, the Tigers tried a fake punt on fourth-and-15, only to be thrown for a 1-yard loss.

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Monfiletto made no apologies for those last two calls.

"We were near midfield so we went for it on fourth-and-1 … if I had to do it over again, I'd made the same call," the Douglas coach said. "You need to be able to count on your offensive line to get the job done in that situation."

Likewise, Monfiletto felt the fake punt early in the third quarter was worth taking a chance.

"At that point, we really had nothing to lose," he said.

In regard to the pass from Flores to Kudrna late in the first quarter, Monfiletto added that he always gives his punter the green light to throw if a receiver is left open downfield.

RIGBY RUMBLES

As it turned out, the Trojans simply had too much firepower as they rolled up more than 550 yards in total offense. Clayton threw for 223 yards and five touchdowns plus he ran for another score, and tailback Braden Youngstrom rushed for 246 yards on 25 carries.

"Give them credit, they have a quality football team," Monfiletto said. "They could play against anybody in our 4A."

Rigby took the lead for good with 4:18 left in the second quarter on a nine-play, 83-yard drive that ended when Austin Good caught a 4-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal. The key play of the drive was a 55-yard run by Youngstrom.

Rigby had an opportunity to score again before halftime after Jaxson Graham's interception near midfield. The Trojans drove to the 11, however, Cody Freitas sacked Clayton for a 7-yard loss on first-down and then the next three passes fell incomplete as the Tigers held on downs.

TIGER TALES

Hickey threw for 191 yards and ran for an additional 67. The senior quarterback threw scoring passes of 48 and 60 yards to Devon Ryan in the first half. Ryan had six receptions for 183 yards and three touchdowns.

"Devon had a great game. He put together a highlight reel," Monfiletto said of Ryan, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior wide receiver.

However, the Douglas first offense only gained 86 total yards in the second half. The Tigers did score twice in the final three minutes on a 4-yard touchdown run by Nathan Cruz and then a 24-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Chris Flores to Ryan.

Gabe Wetzel set up the first of those scores with a 90-yard kick return. The apparent touchdown was brought back to the 25 due to penalty and Cruz scored on a fourth-down run.

Flores threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Ryan with 54 seconds left to close out the scoring.

"I thought our kids played well. We just need to finish," Monfiletto said. "I was happy with the kids' effort. We just made a couple of mistakes in the third quarter and weren't able to recover."

NEXT UP

Douglas travels to Sparks Friday to take on a Reed team that has reigned as region champion five times in six years. The Raiders won their first game under coach Tony Amantia this past Friday, 38-22 over Clayton Valley Charter (Concord, Calif.).

DOUGLAS NOTEBOOK

RIGBY 56, DOUGLAS 32

Rigby 7-21-16-12 — 56

Douglas 6-14- 0- 12 — 32

First quarter

R — Larsen 49 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 10:34

D — Ryan 48 pass from Hickey (kick failed), 9:54

Second quarter

D — Lowden 6 pass from Hickey (Flores kick), 11:26

R — Uffens 10 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 7:47

D — Ryan 60 pass from Hickey (Flores kick), 6:53

R — Good 4 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 4:18

R — Fullmer 47 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 2:50

Third quarter

R — Clayton 3 run (Lowder kick), 5:41

R — Safety, Orr tackle in end zone, 4:49

R — Fullmer 7 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 2:47

Fourth quarter

R — Youngstrom 57 run (kick failed), 11:10

R — Richins 13 pass from Thompson (kick failed), 4:48

D — Cruz 4 run (run failed), 3:01

D — Ryan 24 pass from Flores (run failed), :54

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Rushing — Douglas (40-170): Lowden 18-76, Hickey 14-67, Flores 3-18, Cruz 2-8, Ryan 1-2. Rigby: Youngstrom 25-246, Hahn 6-30, McKinlay 6-26, Larsen 1-8, Good 1-4, Clayton 3-2.

Passing — Douglas (12-23-1-218): Hickey 10-21-1-191, Flores 2-2-0-52. (Sacks: 4-(minus-25). Rigby (23-33-0-250): Clayton 19-28-0-223, Thompson 4-5-0-40. (Sacks: 2-minus 13.)

Receiving — Douglas: Ryan 6-183, Overton 2-10, Kudrna 1-28, Hoyopatubbi 1-9, Andrews 1-7, Lowden 1-6. Rigby: Fullmer 6-76, Larsen 5-77, Good 4-43, Richins 3-35, Youngstrom 2-23, Uffens 2-14, Priest 1-0.