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Douglas football hosts scrimmage tonight

Alex Harker (3) eyes a touchdown reception during Douglas High's Flying Tiger Passing Tournament in July. Harker saw extensive action as a junior cornerback or the Tigers last year and is now competing for playing time at wide receiver.
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This has not been an easy offseason for coach Ernie Monfiletto and the Douglas High football program.

Coming off a 2015 season when the Tigers went 2-8 and wound up on the short end of a 69-14 score against Reed in the first round of the playoffs, they are eager to earn some redemption the upcoming season. And step one begins tonight when Douglas hosts Hug and Fernley for a preseason scrimmage at Keith Roman Field.

“We’re excited about it,” said Monfiletto, who is entering his fifth season as head coach and 21st season overall at Douglas. “We have a great opportunity to improve and to prove ourselves.”

Varsity scrimmage action starts at 7:15 p.m. The freshman and JV teams will be on the field at 6 p.m., and before that, a scrimmage involving the Douglas Pop Warner unlimited division team will be held from 4:45-5:45 p.m.

The Tigers kick off their regular season next Friday against McQueen in Reno. The frosh and JV squads will play at McQueen on Thursday.

“We had a great football camp the last week-and-a-half,” Monfiletto said. “I think the kids made great progress and we’re looking to continue that, and right now, we’re focused on getting after the McQueen Lancers.”

Douglas has 15 returning players from the 2015 season. The list includes senior Reagan Roberson, who was honored as a first-team all-Sierra League linebacker. Offensive guards Danny Rich and Cody Lewis, center Tahoma Smokey and defensive back Haydn Brown return as honorable mention all-league selections.

Fernley and Hug will represent good preseason tests. Hug was winless last season, however, the Hawks return two talented offensive skill players, seniors Jalan Williams and Shayne Davis, plus two-way all-league lineman Lesili Pousima (transfer from Galena). And Fernley figures to be a playoff contender in the Northern 3A conference playoff contender coming off a season in which it went 8-3 overall (7-2 league).

Notes: Douglas will play its home opener Sept. 2 against five-time defending region champion Reed. The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has changed its class terminology back to 4A for large schools, 3A, 2A and 1A. This is a change from the Division I (large schools), 2, 3 and 4 format used from 2012 through 2016.