Football: Landmark games of the Rippee era
January 12, 2012
1987: Douglas 28, McQueen 22 at McQueen: For the first time in Mike Rippee’s head coaching career (not to mention the first time since 1982) Douglas opens up the season with a win. Rod Coverley ran for 167 yards in the win. Douglas trailed 22-7 in the second quarter and 22-15 at halftime but recovered to shut the Lancers out in the second half. Coverley scored the game-winner with a little over five minutes left and Jason Gastelum picked off a pass at the 2-yard-line with 1:54 left to preserve the win.
1988: Douglas 20, Reed 13 at Douglas: Cary Hart made a diving catch in the corner of the end zone on a Paul Meadows’ pass with 1:36 left to vault Douglas to the 20-13 win and set the Tigers’ record at 3-2. It was a homecoming win that turned the Tigers’ season in the right direction as Douglas went on to finish 5-3 for its first winning season since 1982 and first winning season of coach Mike Rippee’s career. Rippee called the game the biggest win of his coaching career at that point.
1991: Douglas 33, South Tahoe 28 at South Tahoe: Douglas opens the season with a comeback win as George Streeter throws three touchdown passes in the second half. Douglas was down by as many as three touchdowns at one point. Tahoe would go on to win the regional title. Then R-C Sports Editor Dave Price has since called it one of the best football games he’s ever seen. Upon his retirement, longtime PA announcer Ken Carr also noted this game as one of his favorites.
1991: Douglas 14, Wooster 10 at Douglas: Douglas earned its first-ever win over powerhouse Wooster in an upset at homecoming. Alex Benson intercepted a pass to halt a late Colt drive and Jake Pratt had a sack with 11 seconds left to seal the win.
1996: Douglas 20, Reed 17, OT at Douglas: Chris Griffith kicked a 21-yard field goal in overtime in a game that saw two lead changes in the final four minutes of regulation. Justin Maes picked off a third-down pass from the Raiders to set up Griffith’s field goal. Reed was ranked No. 3 in the region heading into the game while Douglas was No. 5.
1996: Douglas 35, Carson 3 at Carson: On a snow-blasted October night in Carson City with winds of over 20 miles per hour, Douglas clinched its first playoff berth in the large-school classification with the win. Mike Scarbrough carried 21 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns and Kevin Lehr added a 49-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter,
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1997: Douglas 45, Elko 42, OT at Elko: Douglas’ Chris Griffith kicks a game-winning field goal to clinch the Tigers’ first playoff victory since joining the large-school classification.
2001: Douglas 28, Wooster 20 at Douglas: Behind an up-and-coming group of sophomores, the Tigers beat the Colts for the first time in eight seasons. Douglas grinds out 215 yards on the ground and leads for most of the game before the Colts put up 13 points in the under two minutes in the fourth. Erik Olson seals the win with an interception at midfield as time expires.
2002: Douglas 21, Wooster 14 at Wooster: Douglas beats Wooster in Reno for the first time in the history of the series. The Tigers came back from a 7-0 deficit at halftime to win the game.
2003: Douglas 30, Elko 7 at Elko: Douglas turned some heads with a season-opening win over Reed at home, but established itself as the regional favorite with a dominating win against an Elko team that had been among the region’s elite in recent years. More impressive was that the win came in Elko, where Douglas had only won once in the prior six meetings. Running back Dusty Cooper paced a balanced offense to the big win.
2003: Douglas 42, Galena 0 at Douglas: After going 1-6 in its first seven playoff games at the large-school level, Douglas put together a statement win in the opening round of the 2003 playoffs against a Galena squad that had prevailed in a rain-soaked 7-6 win in the first round in 2002. Douglas would defeat Hug 37-14 the following week to advance to its first 4A regional title game. A week later, Reno defeated Douglas after a freak snow storm blasted Minden just prior to the game.
2006: Douglas 24, Reno 21 at Reno: Douglas overwhelmed Reno with 21 first-quarter points and then made every bit of it stick as the Tigers held off a furious late rally from the Huskies to claim the win and the Sierra League title. Niko Saladis had two first-quarter interceptions against top-rated passer Jon Dankworth, one of which he returned for a touchdown. David Laird completed 12 passes for 146 yards in the win. The game was Douglas’ 11th-consecutive road game, dating back to 2005, as Keith “Duke” Roman Field was undergoing rennovations.
2007: Douglas 32, Hug 28 at Douglas: Douglas came back from two touchdowns down and pushed ahead on two fourth-quarter touchdowns from Brock Peterson, the latter of which came with 1:51 left. The Douglas defense clamped down for a final stop with time running out against a Hug offense that included two eventual Division I football players (Duke Williams and Courtney Gardner).
2008: Douglas 40, Reed 13 at Reed: After several seasons of lopsided losses to the Raiders, the Tigers made a statement with this non-conference win in Sparks. Reed jumped out to a 7-0 lead but Douglas scored five unanswered touchdowns and held a traditionally-potent Reed offense to 303 yards (147 passing). Douglas rolled up 441 yards of offense, 300 of which came through the air, in posting the win.
2011: Douglas 43, Reno 15 at Reno: Douglas overcame an early 12-point deficit to claim its first playoff win since 2004. The victory was also Douglas’ first on the road in the postseason since a 45-42 win at Elko in 1997. Michael Nolting passed for 240 yards in the win, completing seven passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns to Nick Maestretti.