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Late drive lifts Tigers to victory

With the game hanging in the balance — if not the entire season — Bryce James and the Douglas Tigers drove 65 yards in eight plays Friday night to score the go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds left to play in their 21-19 homecoming victory against Bishop Manogue.

James completed four of six passes then ran the final yard for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal to cap the game-winning drive in the Sierra League opener for both teams at Keith Roman Field.

Manogue had just taken its first lead on a 15-yard run by sophomore Angelo Reviglio with 1:53 to go.

As it turned out, there was plenty of time left for the Tigers.

"I was nervous," James said. "We just said, 'This is what we've been working for all year, we need to finish it.' We're a big family, so we worked through it. We believed we could do it."

Starting from the 35 after the kickoff rolled out of bounds, Will Williams caught an 11-yard pass, Taran Grove caught a 9-yarder, then Cody Ball made back-to-back receptions for 7 and 28 yards to give Douglas first-and-goal from the 9. On third down, James ran eight yards to the 1 to set the stage for his game-winning run.

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"Tahoma Smokey does a great job at center, all I had to do was take the snap and follow the blocks," James said. "The line wanted it … it was more them than me."

The Miners rallied back from a 15-0 halftime deficit as Moises Aparicio scored on a 1-yard touchdown and then returned a punt 78 yards for another touchdown to make it 15-13 with 6:35 left in the third quarter.

Manogue threatened again early in the fourth quarter, however, Josh Jensen led a defensive charge that stopped a third-down run from the 3 and then Jensen came through with a quarterback sack at the 12. Moments later, a 28-yard field goal attempt failed, due largely to pressure up the middle from Trevor Tierney.

"The D stepped up," Jensen said. "We just put our heads down and went after them. We weren't going to let them in."

The Miners, who missed three field goal attempts, took their lead on a nine-play, 76-yard drive highlighted by a 17-yard completion from freshman quarterback Lincoln Hauck to Jordan Hunt and 11-yard pass to Artie Henderson.

Douglas took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter when James completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Reagan Roberson on fourth-and-goal to cap a 15-play, 80-yard drive. The Tigers scored again on their next possession when James punched in a 1-yard touchdown run. Moses Broom caught a pass for the 2-point conversion to make it 15-0.

After James scored the go-ahead touchdown, the Miners were denied on their final possession when defensive end Taran Grove deflected a pass and pulled down the interception.

Douglas 21, Bishop Manogue 19

Manogue 0- 0-13- 6 — 19

Douglas 0-15- 0- 6 — 21

First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

D — Roberson 3 pass from James (Gonzalez kick), 9:11

D — James 2 run (Broome pass from James), 3:38

Third quarter

M — Aparicio 1 run (kick failed), 7:39

M — Aparicio 78 punt return (Krivan kick), 6:35

Fourth quarter

M — Reviglio 15 run (kick failed), 1:53

D — James 1 run (kick failed), :30.0

Individual

Rushing — Douglas (37-174): James 10-83, Melhus 22-79, Williams 3-6, Coman 2-6. Manogue (34-151): Aparicio 18-91, Hauck 6-31, Reviglio 7-26, Cavilia 3-3.

Passing — Douglas: James 12-23-1-117. Manogue: Hauck 16-30-1-191.

Receiving — Douglas: Ball 5-57, Grove 2-32, Leitenbauer 2-10, Williams 1-11, Coman 1-4, Roberson 1-3. Manogue: Henderson 5-57, Bansuelo 3-49, Hunt 3-28, Aparicio 2-27, Reviglio 1-22, Ortiz 1-7, Cavilia 1-1.