Lancers rally past Douglas
MCQUEEN 33, DOUGLAS 18
McQueen 7-6-6-14 — 33
Douglas 15-3-0- 0 — 18
D — James 69 run (Gonzalez kick), 11:38
MQ — Lesniak 3 run (23 kick), 8:26
D — James 6 run (Melhus pass from James), 2:51
MQ — Aiyuk 49 punt return (pass failed), 3:07
D — Gonzalez 35 field goal, :09.2
MQ — Lesniak 56 run (kick failed), 11:11
MQ — Cheaton-Dayton 34 pass from Lesniak (Hutton kick), 10:03
MQ — Lesniak 49 run (Hutton kick), 7:17
Just 22 seconds into its season opener on Friday night, the Douglas High football team had some early momentum after quarterback Bryce James ran 69 yards for a touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.
As it turns out, the Tigers might have wished the clock showed 22 seconds left to play in the game.
Instead, McQueen rallied to score 20 unanswered points in the second half on its way to a 33-18 victory that spoiled the Tigers’ Hall of Fame Game at Keith Roman Field.
James rushed for 119 yards on 15 carries, including two first-quarter touchdowns, and he threw for another 145 yards. James was 11-for-14 with 120 yards and rushed for 87 yards in the first half.
His two touchdown runs gave the Tigers 7-0 and 15-7 leads, highlighted by that 69-yard dash up the middle on the game’s opening play. James threw a 33-yard pass to tight end Taran Grove then scored on a 6-yard run with 2:51 left in the first quarter.
Adrian Gonzalez kicked a 35-yard field goal with 9.2 seconds left before halftime as the Tigers took an 18-13 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The tide turned after the intermission when McQueen got some big plays from quarterback, Jeremiah Lesniak. The senior ran 56 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the second half to give the Lancers a 19-18 lead. Lesniak threw a 34-yard scoring pass to Tavian Cheaton-Dayton on a fourth-down play early in the fourth quarter. Lesniak later scored on a 49-yard run with 7:17 remaining.
Brandon Aiyuk’s 49-yard punt return for a touchdown brought the Lancers to within 15-13 in the second quarter.
Cody Ball provided a defensive spark for Douglas in the early moments of the second quarter when he intercepted a pass at the 5 to stop a McQueen drive.