Football: Douglas travels to Hug tonight |

Football: Douglas travels to Hug tonight

by Joey Crandall

It was a little more than a year ago that the Douglas football team found itself in this exact same situation.

1-3 in Northern 4A action. Fresh off a last-play defeat at the hands of rival Carson High School. In need of a big win to stay in the playoff picture.

The 2010 Tigers responded by rattling off three consecutive wins and sneaking into the playoffs as the No. 6 seed.

It remains to be seen how this year’s squad will respond.

Douglas travels to Hug High in north Reno tonight for a 7 p.m. kickoff having won its last three matchups against the Hawks.

The Tigers are 1-5 overall on the year, although the record is deceiving as Douglas has already seen four of the top six teams in the region and three of the top four.

Hug is winless on the season, and has been badly beaten by Reed and Carson (65-0 and 54-0) and lost 48-37 to Douglas’ only win, North Valleys.

The Hawks are only averaging 63.4 yards passing and 43.9 yards rushing per game.

Douglas, on the other hand, has had little trouble piling up the total yardage on offense but has given the ball away an average of 3.33 times per game.

Michael Nolting has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,270 yards and nine touchdowns on the year, while rushing for another 127 yards and three touchdowns on 52 carries.

He had a big 49-yard run for a score against Carson last week, and helped put the Tigers up late on a seven-yard burst to the corner.

He has six receivers averaging at least two catches per game. Nick Maestretti (26 catches, 274 yards, three touchdowns), Dusty Fisher (21-274-2) and Nate VonAhsen (18-294-2) have been his top targets.

Junior running back Conner Peterson has drawn a lot of attention from opposing defenses, helping to open up the field for the Tiger receivers. He has 154 carries for 664 yards and seven touchdowns this year. He’s averaging 4.31 yards per carry with two to three players keying on him on most carries.

The Douglas defensive line had an impressive outing against Carson last week, with Trevor Shaffer, Trevor Hemsath, Jackson Ketron and Cory Dillon pressuring Senator quarterback Matt Nolan all night.

Douglas also caused a pair of key turnovers in the game.

The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 15 wins apiece. Douglas has won the last three and six of the last eight. However, Hug leads the series 9-4 when playing in Reno.