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Douglas comeback falls short

Ryland DeSomber runs with the football for Douglas against Damonte Ranch on Friday.

Under normal circumstances, any high school football team that scores 29 unanswered points to end a game can expect to come out on top.

That is exactly what the Douglas Tigers did over the final 11 minutes Friday, but on a night that could hardly be described as normal, Damonte Ranch had already built up too much of a cushion and held on for a 47-42 Sierra League victory.

Junior quarterback Hunter Hickey threw two of his four touchdown passes in the final 2 minutes, 20 seconds as the Tigers rallied from a 47-13 deficit to create some late excitement during the Senior Night contest at Keith Roman Field.

Douglas (1-1 league, 3-4 overall) had an opportunity to go for the win with 1:10 showing on the clock, however, the Tigers were unable to convert the onside kick attempt and Damonte Ranch (1-0, 6-1) closed out its sixth straight win.

Hickey's 19-yard touchdown pass to Alex Harker with 2:20 left to play made it 47-35. Then, after Hunter Simpson recovered an onside kick for the Tigers, Hickey threw a 10-yard scoring pass to tight end Reagan Roberson.

"We're more of a running team, but we saw a lot of opportunities to throw," Hickey said. "I gave it all I had for the seniors tonight. Our offensive line did a great job protecting me and I trusted the receivers to catch the ball."

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Haydn Brown caught four balls for 70 yards, including touchdown receptions of 30 and 13 yards in the second quarter. The first came after Hickey picked up a fumble and found Brown alone downfield. The second came with 22 seconds left before halftime.

"That's what we needed to get back in it," Brown said. "It was a good throw. I can't say enough about our quarterback. He's done a great job leading us."

Will Williams ignited the comeback when he scored on an 81-yard kick return, then Dawson Coman scored with a 48-yard touchdown run with 7:02 to go made it 47-28.

Damonte Ranch quarterback Cade McNamara threw five touchdown passes for the Mustangs. The sophomore threw scoring passes of 71 and 35 yards to Dru Jacobs in the second quarter, the first coming on a third-and-20 play. Thomas Wright caught a 41-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 47-13 on the third play of the fourth quarter.

Cameron Sandoval ran for two touchdowns for the Mustangs, including a 71-yard dash to open the scoring in the first quarter.

Damonte Ranch 47, Douglas 42

Damonte 7-21-12- 7 — 47

Douglas 0-13- 0-29 — 42

First quarter

DR — Sandoval 71 run (Van der Wal kick), 6:03

Second quarter

DR — Jacobs 74 pass from McNamara (Van der Wal kick), 11:30

D — Brown 30 pass from Hickey (Brown kick), 9:02

DR — Jacobs 35 pass from McNamara (Van der Wal kick), 7:34

DR — Sandoval 3 run (Van der Wal kick), 1:24

D — Brown 13 pass from Hickey (kick blocked), :22

Third quarter

DR — Van der Wal 29 pass from McNamara (run failed), 9:37

DR — Dunithan 11 pass from McNamara (kick blocked), 1:57

Fourth quarter

DR — Wright 41 pass from McNamara (Van der Wal kick), 11:04

D — Williams 81 kick return (Brown kick), 10:51

D — Coman 48 run (Hickey run), 7:02

D — Harker 19 pass from Hickey (Brown kick), 2:20

D — Roberson 10 pass from Hickey (Brown kick), 1:10

Individual statistics (unofficial)

Rushing — Douglas (42-238, 5.67 average): Coman 17-123, Hickey 12-82, DeSomber 11-35, Williams 1-(-1), Lowden 1-(-1). Damonte Ranch (28-206, 7.36): Sandoval 21-193, Brandt 2-8, Dunithan 1-4, Nicholas 2-1, Hurley 1-(-2), Riggle 1-0.

Passing — Douglas: Hickey 12-24-0-163 (sacks: 1-13). Damonte Ranch: McNamara 21-31-1-355.

Receiving — Douglas: Brown 4-70, Roberson 3-27, Williams 2-28, Harker 2-23, DeSomber 1-15.