JV/Frosh Roundup: Douglas freshman football beats McQueen
The Douglas High School freshman football team pulled off a landmark victory on Thursday, defeating perennial powerhouse McQueen 14-13 in Minden.
It was the first time since the 2000 season that the Douglas freshman program defeated McQueen.
For freshman coach J.P. Albert, it was the first time in eight years of coaching and four years as a player that he’d ever experienced a win over McQueen.
“I’ve been going up against them since I was 15,” Albert said with a laugh. “The kids were extremely motivated this week and they prepared so hard. The defense did an outstanding job. The offense made some big plays.
“The kids came to play. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The teams went scoreless through the first quarter but McQueen scored off a turnover, Douglas’ third of the first half, to take a 7-0 lead.
Douglas had fumbled the ball inside its own 5-yard line, but the Tiger defense stopped the Lancers on four consecutive plays to get the ball back at its own 1. Douglas fumbled again on its next play, but held McQueen on three more plays before the Lancers scored.
The Tiger offensive line of Johnny Gonzalez, Jordan Peters, Nick Wilkinson, Ian Isherwood, Alex Tessmann, Zach Singer and Tyler Marguth helped pave the way for a physical drive that ended in a touchdown pass from Nick Abreu to Tessmann.
The score remained tied at halftime and after Douglas stopped McQueen on the opening drive of the third quarter, the Tigers took a 14-7 lead on a touchdown run from Cale Kynett.
A long pass from Abreu to Dilyn Rooker set up the score.
McQueen returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but the snap on the extra point went over the holder’s head, leaving Douglas with a thin lead.
The Tiger defense posted a couple of key stops and the offense drove 80 yards over the next 6:38 to run out the clock and seal the win.
Albert credited Marguth, Kynett, Rooker, Abreu, RJ Ake, Johnny Hoyt and Travis Floyd with big games defensively.
“We hit them and out-physicalled them,” Albert said. “At the end of the day, we outplayed them. It was a great win for the team.”
Douglas won an evenly-matched game against Damonte Ranch 2-0 Saturday in Reno.
After both teams went scoreless through the first half, Lyndsey Grujcic got Douglas on the board in the 51st minute.
Samantha Crawford added the second in injury time on a body shot off a corner kick from Grujcic.
Shayla Gransbery had three saves in the first half for Douglas and Chelsea Chambers had three saves in the second to post the shutout.
They received a strong effort defensively from Ashley Melandow, Hannah Colbert and Ashley Hellwinkle.
Douglas improved to 7-1 on the year with the win.
Douglas went 4-2 over the weekend at the Galena Junior Varsity Tournament, taking third place.
The Tigers opened up with a 25-10, 25-23 win over Damonte Ranch but fell in three games to Carson.
In the quarterfinals, Douglas advanced with a 25-21, 22-25, 15-1 win over Reno and then lost to Galena 25-10, 25-19.
In the consolation bracket, Douglas avenged its earlier loss to Carson, winning 20-25, 25-19, 15-12 and then defeated Damonte Ranch 25-16, 25-21 in the third-place game.
On Thursday, Douglas defeated Hug 25-11, 25-14, getting five aces from Daylin Olson and three kills from Savannah Lowther.
Douglas won the six-team Galena Tournament over the weekend.
The Tigers opened the tournament with a 25-19, 25-19 win over Damonte Ranch and a 25-21, 25-16 win over Carson.
Douglas again beat Damonte in the semifinal, 23-25, 25-20, 15-12, and won the final over Carson 24-26, 25-11, 15-11.
On Thursday, the Tigers beat Hug 25-15, 25-20, getting four aces from Amanda Weaver and two aces and a kill from Shay Worley.