Bulldozer mindset powers Tigers to 48-0 win
Douglas 48, North Valleys 0
No. Valleys 0- 0- 0- 0 — 0
Douglas 14-14-13- 7 — 48
D — Hickey 1 run (Gurule kick), 7:04
D — Coman 5 run (Gurule kick), 3:51
D — Coman 21 run (Gurule kick), 8:59
D — Coman 6 run (Gurule kick), 2:49
D — DeSomber 34 run (Gurule kick), 10:14
D — Coman 1 run (kick failed), 2:01
D — Lowden 1 run (Gurule kick), 6:13
Individual stats (unofficial)
Rushing — Douglas (46-367, 7.98 average): Coman 17-141, DeSomber 17-121, Williams 5-49, Lowden 5-49, Hickey 2-7. North Valleys (30-176): Sneed 15-95, Moore 8-58.
Passing — Douglas: Hickey 3-5-0-25, North Valleys: Sneed 5-12-1-34.
Receiving — Douglas: Cobb 2-22, Williams 1-3. North Valleys: Bravo 3-26.
There was no secret Friday night that the Douglas Tigers wanted to run the football. On Military Tribute Night, the Tigers went to their ground attack early and often on their way to a 48-0 victory at home against North Valleys.
Dawson Coman rushed for four touchdowns, three in the first half, as Douglas (2-2) bulldozed North Valleys (0-3) in the non-league contest at Keith Roman Field. The Tigers rushed for 218 yards in the first half and the defensive unit came up with two drive-stopping quarterback sacks in the second quarter as Douglas surged to a 28-0 halftime lead.
Coman finished with a career-best 141 yards rushing on 17 carries, while fellow senior Ryland DeSomber ran for an additional 121 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. The Tigers powered for 367 rushing yards as a team.
That game plan to run the ball started up front with five veteran offensive linemen. And senior guard Danny Rich was quick to point out the Tigers were dedicated to ending a two-game losing streak — 53-16 against Reed on Sept. 2 and 51-27 at Spanish Springs on Sept. 9.
“Coach has been saying we’ve got to play four quarters … that we’ve got to be bulldozers,” Rich said. “Tonight, we had a mindset to go 100 percent on every play. Our O line, we wanted to come out, set the tone from the start and be bulldozers.”
Douglas scored on its first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead. To start out, the Tigers took advantage of a short punt with an eight-play, 37-yard drive that culminated with Hunter Hickey’s 1-yard quarterback sneak. DeSomber had seven carries for 36 yards during the drive.
“We’re more of a running team with our big offensive line,” Hickey said. “This is their senior year, they’re hungry and they want it.”
The Tigers followed that up with another eight-play drive, this one covered 56 yards, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run off the right side by Coman.
North Valleys answered on its next possession with an 11-play drive, however, the Panthers were turned away when linebacker Dakota Lowden sacked Panthers quarterback Matt Sneed on a fourth-and-3 play. The sack was made possible by pressure from the defensive front as well as a secondary that allowed no targets to get open downfield.
“Our defense stepped up and made a big play there,” Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said. “We absolutely did not want to allow them to get into the end zone in that situation.”
The Panthers also reached the 15 at the end of the first half, only to come away empty handed after Andrew Browning’s sack as time expired. Browning finished the night with two sacks and the Tigers had four as a team overall.
“We played great defense all night and that gave us an opportunity to play great offense,” Monfiletto added.
After an exchange of possessions — Kane Hoyopatubbi had an interception for Douglas — Coman scored his third touchdown on a 6-yard run to make it 28-0 with 2:49 left before halftime. Coman carried five times for 52 yards during the drive, highlighted by back-to-back runs of 12 and 27 yards to the 11.
Douglas received the second half kickoff and mounted a 60-yard drive that culminated with DeSomber’s 34-yard touchdown sweep around left end to extend the lead to 35-0. At that point, the NIAA’s new 35-point running clock went into effect.
Lowden capped off the evening with a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. The junior running back carried five times for 56 yards during the drive.
“These kids are capable of that,” Monfiletto said of the team’s performance. “They showed up tonight with a desire to play and they were very focused. That was our theme all week .. but that needs to be our theme all season.”
Note: Douglas’ offensive line showed alertness on both first-quarter touchdown drives. On the first, center Tahoma Smokey recovered a fumble at the 15. On the second, tackle Dawson Hughes recovered a loose ball at the 21 after a long run by Will Williams.