Fast start lifts Tigers past Cougars, 24-6
Douglas 24, Spanish Springs 6
Spanish Springs 0- 0- 0- 6 — 6
Douglas 10-14- 0 — 24
D — Hickey 31 run (Gurule kick)
D — Gurule 25 field goal
D — DeSomber 15 run (Gurule kick), 5:53
D — Cobb 20 pass from Hickey (Gurule kick), :52.2
S — Ordaz 3 run (pass failed), 9:01
Individual stats (unofficial)
Rushing — Douglas (37-237): Hickey 14-102, Coman 9-70, DeSomber 12-59, Williams 2-6. Spanish Springs (32-132): Ordaz 18-76, Tiernan 10-39, Cadenhead 2-9, Smith 2-8.
Passing — Douglas: Hickey 4-5-0-63. Spanish Springs: Tiernan 18-25-1-127.
Receiving — Douglas: DeSomber 2-22, Cobb 1-20, Brown 1-21. Spanish Springs: Allen 7-50, Ordaz 5-17, Dudick 3-42, Cadenhead 1-10, Zuro 1-7, Smith 1-1.
Northern 4A semifinals, Thursday: Douglas at Reed, Reno at Damonte Ranch.
The Douglas High football team scored on each of its four first-half possessions Friday night and went on to a 24-6 Northern 4A region playoff win against Spanish Springs.
Hunter Hickey rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown, plus he threw for another score for Douglas (6-4 overall), which surged to a 24-0 halftime lead at Keith Roman Field.
The playoff win is the first for Douglas football since 2011 (43-15 at Reno) and the first at home since 2004 (30-15 over Bishop Manogue). The Tigers extended their win streak to three games — they’ve now won five of seven — and earned the right to move on and play Reed in the semifinals Thursday in Sparks.
It also enabled the Tigers to reverse a 51-27 regular season defeat at Spanish Springs (5-5) on Sept. 9. This time, however, the Cougars played without senior quarterback Korbin Marcum (2,105 yards passing), who watched from the sideline after going down with a concussion in the Cougars’ final regular season game last week against Reed.
The Tigers only needed two plays to score on their opening possession, as they took over at the 49 after an errant punt formation snap. A dead ball personal foul gave the Tigers even better field position, and moments later, Hickey cut back over the right side on his way to a 31-yard touchdown run.
Later in the first quarter, Dawson Coman’s 33-yard run set the stage for a 25-yard Josh Gurule field goal.
The Tigers sustained a 10-play, 97-yard drive that resulted in Ryland DeSomber’s 15-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Michael Cobb pulled down a 20-yard touchdown reception over a defender to make it 24-0 with 52.2 seconds left before halftime.
As it turned out, the extra cushion was needed because Douglas was limited to 48 total yards on 16 offensive plays during the second half. The Tigers rushed for 198 yards in the first half and 39 yards after the intermission.
One Spanish Springs drive was stopped in the third quarter when Alex Harker intercepted a pass in the red zone. The Cougars came back with a 15-play, 57-yard drive that bridged the third and fourth quarters. Gabby Ordaz scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 9:01 left to play.
Junior Frankie Tiernan completed 18 of 25 passes for 127 yards in his first start of the season at quarterback for the Cougars.
Reed (10-1), the five-time defending region champion, advanced to the semifinals with its 69-18 win Friday against Manogue.