Mustangs run past Tigers
Damonte Ranch 68, Douglas 21
Douglas 0-14- 0-7 — 21
Damonte 21-20-20-7 — 68
DR — Banghart 44 pass from McNamara (Van der Wall kick), 9:29
DR — Saffle 11 pass from McNamara (Van der Wall kick), 8:48
DR — Sandoval 1 run (Van der Wall kick), 5:19
D — Melhus 6 run (Brown kick), 11:27
DR — Banghart 32 pass from McNamara (Van der Wall kick), 8:26
D — Leitenbauer 23 pass from James (Brown kick), 5:47
DR — Sapico 32 pass from McNamara (Van der Wall kick), 4:20
DR — Sandoval 49 run (kick failed), 2:20
DR — Banghart 59 punt return (Van der Wall kick), 10:30
DR — Schryer 16 pass from McNamara (kick blocked), 7:24
DR — Sandoval 94 run (Van der Wall kick), 4:06
DR— Garcia 23 run (Van der Wall kick), 6:00
D — James 16 run (Brown kick), :00
Kyle Morrison helped the Douglas High football team get started on the right foot Friday night in its Sierra League contest against Damonte Ranch when he intercepted a pass on the first play from scrimmage in Reno.
Freshman quarterback Cade McNamara and the Damonte Ranch Mustangs were on target the rest of the way, though, as they scored three touchdowns within a span of four minutes in the first quarter en route to a 68-21 Senior Night victory.
McNamara threw four of his five touchdown passes in the first half, two to Sam Banghart, as Damonte Ranch (2-1 league, 4-5 overall) dominated start-to-finish against Douglas (1-2, 2-6). McNamara completed 12 of 16 passes for 230 yards on a night when the Mustangs rolled up 588 yards in total offense.
Junior running back Cameron Sandoval rushed for 185 yards on eight carries and scored on runs of 1, 49 and 94 yards. Overall, 10 different Damonte Ranch ball carriers combined to rush for 358 yards.
After Morrison’s interception on the opening series, the Mustangs got the ball back on a Jordan Gipson interception and struck paydirt three plays later when the speedy Banghart — who runs 11.10 for 100 meters on the track — took a shovel pass for a 44-yard touchdown. Banghart also caught a 32-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 59-yard punt return early in the third quarter.
The Mustangs scored again on their first play after Jesse Knorzer recovered a fumble, as McNamara found Jakob Saffle in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Jairo Alvarez recovered the ensuing onside kick and Sandoval scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0 with 5:19 left in the first quarter.
Sam Melhus put Douglas on the scoreboard with a 6-yard run two plays into the second quarter. The score capped a 14-play, 74-yard drive that took 5 minutes, 52 seconds off the clock.
Damonte Ranch answered with another drive that ended when Banghart scored on a 32-yard pass and run.
The Tigers pulled to within 28-14 midway through the second quarter when Tomas Leitenbauer shook free on a post pattern and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryce James.
Sandoval’s 94-yard burst in the third quarter extended Damonte’s lead to 61-14 lead with 4:06 left in the third quarter — at which time the game reverted to a running clock due to 45-point rule.
James scored on a 16-yard run on the final play of the game. The senior rushed for 50 yards on that drive and finished with 100 yards on 19 carries overall. He completed 8 of 18 passes for 96 yards.
Note: Coupled with Bishop Manogue’s 47-0 loss against Galena on Friday night, Douglas clinched a berth in the region playoffs and a Nov. 6 date against Reed in Sparks.