Plenty of drama!
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.
There was plenty of drama Friday night when the Douglas High football team opened its season with a 20-14 overtime triumph against McQueen in Reno.
Both teams scored touchdowns inside the final minute before halftime and at the end of regulation and then the Tigers came up big on back-to-back plays in overtime to close out their first victory at Ken Dalton Field since 1987.
“We came here and expected to win,” senior offensive lineman Guy Rogers said. “Nobody else expected us to win, but we worked hard for this all through the offseason. Nobody works harder than we do.”
Those words were echoed by Ryland DeSomber, who ran 10 yards for the game-winning touchdown on the Tigers’ first offensive play in overtime.
“Our motto is, ‘Expect to win,” DeSomber said. “We believed we were going to win tonight.”
DeSomber rushed for 90 yards on 22 carries overall in his debut as the Tigers’ lead running back. The 200-pound senior was especially effective during a 15-play, 86-yard drive at the end of the first half when he carried 10 times for 51 yards, including a 5-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the 15.
Quarterback Hunter Hickey gave Douglas a 7-0 lead when he pushed into the end zone on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak with 8.5 seconds left before halftime. The drive took 5 minutes, 48 seconds off the clock.
“We put our faith in our offensive line,” DeSomber said. “On fourth-and-goal, I said, ‘Let’s run a quarterback sneak up the middle. Let’s pound it in.’”
Hickey rushed for 77 yards, including a key 17-yard run from the Tigers’ 26 to ignite that first scoring drive, and completed 11 of 21 pass for 114 yards and no interceptions in his first start at quarterback.
Douglas took a 14-7 lead with 3:46 left in regulation when Hickey threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Reagan Roberson, who powered through two defenders into the end zone.
McQueen answered with a 15-play, 64-yard drive and Derek Stevenson tied the score with a 2-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal with 44.8 seconds showing on the clock.
Will Williams came up big defensively when he intercepted a second-down pass from the 6 to end McQueen’s opening overtime series. The senior cornerback had two interceptions on the night, the first of which came with 8:10 left in the fourth quarter after the Lancers had driven into Douglas territory.
McQueen finished with 418 yards in total offense — senior quarterback Joey Cox was 24-for-46 with 270 yards and three interceptions — as the Lancers crossed midfield eight times (six in the second half). Three of those drives ended with turnovers.
Douglas also turned the ball over twice on fumbles in McQueen territory, one a fumble that was punched out the back of the end zone for a touchback.
McQueen came out after the intermission and threatened on four successive possessions. The first ended on a missed 37-yard field goal attempt, after outside linebacker Michael Cobb deflected a third-and-5 pass. The Lancers were denied on their next possession when Cobb deflected a first-down pass from the 20 that was picked off by defensive end Garrett Frankiewich.
McQueen finally tied the score at 7-all with 2:03 to go in the third quarter when Cox found Jaydon Gold open for a 36-yard touchdown pass.
The Lancers had an apparent 62-yard touchdown pass from Cox to Gold nullified by a block in the back penalty and they eventually turned the ball over on downs. Roberson produced a quarterback sack during that series.
The Lancers turned the ball over in the red zone in the final minute of the first quarter when, on first down from the 17 when DeSomber pounced on an unforced fumble.
Notes: Sierra League teams went 3-2 against opposition from three states over the weekend. On Saturday, Abel Carter scored six touchdowns in Carson’s 49-42 win at home against Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, Ariz.). And Galena dropped a 20-15 verdict at home against Mesa, Ariz. On Friday night, Bishop Manogue scored 28 unanswered points in the first half en route to a 28-14 win at home against North Valleys and Damonte Ranch lost 49-12 against Cathedral Catholic in San Diego.