Douglas wins in overtime
Douglas 20, McQueen 14
Douglas 0- 7- 0- 7- 6 — 20
McQueen 0- 0- 7- 7- 0 — 14
D — Hickey 1 run (Gurule kick), :08.5
MQ — Gold 36 pass from Cox (Kutter kick), 2:03
D — Roberson 18 pass from Hickey (Gurule kick), 3:46
MQ — Stevenson 2 run (Kutter kick), :44.8
D — DeSomber 10 run
Individual stats (unofficial)
Rushing — Douglas (47-199): DeSomber 22-90, Hickey 12-77, Coman 11-23, Williams 2-9. McQueen: (27-86): York 15-61, Cox 4-13, Stevenson 8-12.
Passing — Douglas: Hickey 11-21-0-114. McQueen: Cox 24-46-3-270.
Receiving — Douglas: Harker 3-22, DeSomber 2-21, Roberson 2-18, Williams 2-6, Coman 1-38, Lopez 1-9. McQueen: Gold 10-194, Wiseman 4-39, York 2-14.
Ryland DeSomber and Will Williams are familiar wrestling and football teammates at Douglas High. On successive plays in overtime Friday night, they combined to help the Tigers take down McQueen for a 20-14 season-opening win.
Williams intercepted a third-down pass at the goal line to end McQueen’s first overtime possession. Then, moments later, DeSomber burst through a big hole on his way to a 10-yard touchdown run to close out the Tigers’ first win at McQueen’s Ken Dalton Field since 1987.
“We believed we were going to win,” said DeSomber, a 200-pound senior who qualified for the state wrestling tournament in 2015. “We worked hard all through the offseason to put ourselves in this position.”
Douglas took a 14-7 lead with 3:46 left in the fourth quarter when Reagan Roberson caught a pass over the middle and powered through two defenders for an 18-yard touchdown.
McQueen answered with a 15-play, 64-yard drive and Derek Stevenson tied the score with a 2-yard run on third-and-goal with 44.8 seconds left in regulation.
Quarterback Hunter Hickey broke up a scoreless tie with 8.5 seconds to go before halftime when he scored from 1 yard out on fourth-and-goal. His run capped a 15-play, 86-yard drive.
McQueen had the first possession in overtime, however, Williams went up and literally wrestled the ball away from Jaydon Gold (10 receptions, 194 yards) on second-and-6. The interception was his second of the night.
“That was an adrenaline rush,” Williams said, adding with a laugh. “Yeah, wrestling (experience) did help. Takedown? No … that was a pin right there.”