Junior Tigers stay undefeated
A perfect season continued for the Douglas Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee division football team Saturday with its 24-0 Snow Bowl championship victory against the Reno Miners at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno.
In a game played later in the day, the Douglas Pee Wees absorbed their first loss of the season when they came out on the short end of a 6-0 score against the Sparks Wolf Pack.
Both Douglas teams earned the right to return to Manogue this Saturday to in region championship games at Manogue. They will represent Sagebrush Empire and compete against teams traveling from California’s Bay Area who are their respective Division II Junior Pee Wee and Division III Pee Wee champions.
The Junior Pee Wee Tigers defeated the Miners in an early afternoon game to extend their season record to 9-0, crowning them as Sagebrush Empire Division II champions. Coach Shane Thomas had multiple points to discuss, but wanted to attributed success to their priorities in the order of faith, family and football. After the game coach Thomas said: “All too often success is defined by wins, losses and trophies. But the greatest win, that we have received this year came from our parents, expressing their appreciation for the changes they have seen in their children. Several times, I have been told stories of growth in self confidence, leadership, on and off the field), discipline, focus and learning respect for themselves and others. This, regardless of wins or losses, is the success that every coach at Douglas Pop Warner strives to be a part of.”
Meanwhile, the Pee Wee Tigers locked up with the Sparks Wolf Pack in what was the closest and hardest fought game of the day. While the loss prevented the team from receiving a DII championship, their record this season and performance at the Snow Bowl is allowing them to continue in the playoff hunt representing Sagebrush Empire as its DIII representative. Coach Darren Daniels said: “The team battled against their toughest opponent of the season and faced their first loss of the season. I can’t tell you how proud I am of these young men for keeping their heads held high, remaining humble and continuing to play with great enthusiasm.”
In an early Saturday morning game, the Douglas Unlimited team lost a 21-18 decision to the Sparks Wolf Pack. The game was hard fought with the Tigers holding the lead in the third quarter, however, the Wolf Pack staged a late fourth quarter rally to win. Coach Mike Dillon said: “The kids played one of their best games of the year and just came up a bit short. They fought for four quarters. We had a good season.”