Smoke shoots down Douglas passing tourney |

Smoke shoots down Douglas passing tourney

Ernie Monfiletto

Air quality shot down the Douglas High football team’s fourth annual Flying Tigers Passing Tournament, which was scheduled to be held today at the Big George Athletic Complex.

Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto announced Thursday morning that the event was being canceled due to smoke from numerous fires around the region, including the Detwiler fire in Mariposa County. The event will not be rescheduled for a later date, Monfiletto said.

Air quality also shortened a football camp in Carson City this week when the final session on Wednesday was called off.

The Douglas, Bishop Manogue, Sparks and host-Carson programs were also involved in the three-day camp.

Looking ahead to the regular season, Douglas officially starts practrice on Aug. 7 and is scheduled to scrimmage McQueen on Aug. 19 and then kick off its season on Aug. 26 with a 10 a.m. game against Rigby, Idaho, as part of the Rocky Mountain Rumble in Pocatello.

The season opener in Pocatello should be a stern test against Rigby, a 5A division program in Idaho. The Trojans expect to have several returnees from a team that went 4-6 during the 2016 season and will be under the direction of first-year head coach Armando Gonzalez.

The Tigers visit Reed the following Friday (Sept. 1) and then play their home opener on Sept. 8 against Spanish Springs.