HOMECOMING a key game for Tigers
All the preliminaries are complete. Now the Douglas High football team is preparing to celebrate homecoming and begin its quest for a playoff berth Friday night when Bishop Manogue comes to town.
Neither team can afford to lose the Sierra League opener — Douglas comes in with a 2-3 overall record and Manogue 3-2 — and it appears to be a must-win situation for both.
The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Keith Roman Field.
“I think our kids understand the levity of this game and I have great confidence they will respond,” Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said. “They’re (Manogue) a very talented group of kids so we expect to see a great game.”
LAST WEEK: Douglas is coming off a 49-24 setback last Friday at the hands of undefeated Reno. Likewise, the young Manogue Miners — with 16 sophomores on their roster — ran into another Northern Nevada buzzsaw Friday in a 62-27 defeat against Reed.
SERIES: Manogue leads 18-17-2 in a series that dates to 1948 and recent games have been every bit as close. Douglas won at home last year, 21-19, when Bryce James scored on a 1-yard run with 30 seconds left to play. Manogue won on its home field in 2014, 18-13. Douglas won in 2013, 26-16, in a game that remained in doubt until Zach Kinder recovered a fumble in the end zone for a defensive touchdown with 1:31 left to play.
BROADCAST: Friday’s game will be televised as Game of the Week by Gustin Sports Productions, with Dan Gustin and former Douglas coach Mike Rippee calling the action. The game can also be heard on 920 AM Immaculate Heart Radio by the Manogue team of Chris Healy and Ray Hagar. A veteran journalist, Hagar is familiar to Carson Valley — he became The Record-Courier’s first sports editor in 1976 — and Healy is well known as public information officer for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
LOCAL TIES: Andy Hughes, former Douglas coach and athletic director at Douglas, now serves as athletic director for the Miners. The Manogue coaching staff also includes 2003 Douglas graduate Luke Rippee.
SERIES COACHES: A few of Northern Nevada’s more successful coaches — Rippee, Bill Coverley and Walt Powers on the Douglas sideline, Chris Ault and Joe Sellers for Manogue — have worked games involving the Tigers and Miners.