Mustangs defeat Douglas 36-7
Damonte Ranch 36, Douglas 7
Douglas 7- 0- 0-0 — 7
Damonte 0-14-22-0 — 36
D — Pfaffenberger 12 pass from Hundley (Simms kick), 7:23
DR — Carmazzi 2 run (Cooper kick), 8:45
DR — Pinching 26 pass from Daugherty (Cooper kick), :17.7
DR — Blake 24 pass from Daugherty (Cooper kick), 7:50
DR — Pinching 24 pass from Daugherty (Cooper run), 7:33
DR — Priestly 1 run (Cooper kick), 2:55
RENO — An old nemesis came back on Friday night to hurt the Douglas High football team — allowing big plays in critical situation.
Damonte Ranch scored touchdowns on four consecutive possessions, two of which came during a span of 17 seconds in the third quarter, en route to a 36-7 Sierra League football victory. The Mustangs (2-1, 5-2) moved on top 14-7 lead on a 17-play scoring drive at the end of the first half and then struck for three more touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away from Douglas (0-2, 1-6).
“They were a better football team,” Douglas caoch Ernie Monfiletto said afterward. “My kids busted their butts to do the best they could … we just couldn’t put things together.”
As for those big plays, the game’s turning point came when Damonte Ranch got the ball on their own 7 with 5:05 showing on the clock. The Mustangs covered 93 yards in 17 plays, capped by Sean Pinching’s 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Daugherty on fourth-and-25 with 17.7 seconds left before halftime. The Mustangs also moved the chains on third-and-12 from their own 5 when Pinching made a 12-yard catch, on second-and-20 when Austin Price came up with a diving 37-yard reception at the 44, on third-and-14 when Jared Blake made an 18-yard catch, and then on Elijah Sapico’s 9-yard catch on fourth-and-5 at the Douglas 28.
Damonte Ranch moved to the 11 before the Tigers came up sacks on back-to-back plays — both by Cale Kynett, resulting in losses of 10 and 5 years — and creating a third-and-24 situation. Two plays later, however, Daugherty lofted a high ball that the 6-foot-2 Pinching went up to grab in the end zone.
“We broke coverage, and it’s disappointing because we’ve worked on that,” Monfiletto said of the touchdown play. “And that (17-play drive) shouldn’t happen. We’ve got to get them (offense) off the field and get some turnaround.”
The backbreaker came in the third quarter after Blake caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Daugherty with 7:50 left in the third period. The Tigers turned the ball over on a fumble on their next play. And the Mustangs only needed one play to capitalize when Daugherty threw a 24-yard TD pass to Pinching with 7:33 to go. After the latter score, the Mustangs added a 2-point conversion when Grant Cooper ran the ball in on a fake kick.
Douglas finally got a defensive stop in the third quarter after turning the ball over on an interception at the 19. The Tigers got the ball back on play later when Zachary Moehle-Boston stripped the ball and recovered the fumble.
Douglas scored on its opening possession with a seven-play 49-yard drive, capped by Wes Hundley’s 12-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Pfaffenberger. Hundley rolled to his right on the play and threw a strike back across the field to Pfaffenberger in the end zone for the score.
The Tigers’ defense set it up by forcing Damonte Ranch into three-and-out (aided by a holding penalty) and a punting situation from the 11. Nick Abreu gained 16 yards on three straight carries and Hundley gained 6 yards on a keeper. The touchdown pass came on a second-and-10 play.