Senators explode for 42-13 win at Douglas
Despite the final score, there was a measure of consolation for the Douglas Tigers Thursday night in their 42-13 loss against Carson in the renewal of Nevada’s oldest high school football rivalry.
After all, the Tigers only trailed 14-7, plus they ran 45 offensive plays and were in Carson territory on five of six possessions in the first half. Carson (8-1 overall, 4-0 league) scored on three straight possessions in the third quarter, however, to pull away from Douglas (2-7, 1-3) on a cold night at Keith Roman Field.
“Tonight was something to build on,” Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said of the Senior Night contest. “It was really great to see the kids hunker down and play the way they did in the first half.
“The kids are working hard and we’ll continue to make progress. We’re going to get there.”
Thursday marked the 74th edition of a rivalry that dates to 1923. Carson now holds a 49-22-3 lead in the series.
Carson sophomore Abel Carter rushed for 203 yards on seven carries, including touchdown runs of 70 and 80 yards, Greg Wallace rushed for 186 yards and the Senators finished with a season-high 489 yards on the ground.
“Douglas gave us everything they had in the first half,” said Carson coach Blair Roman, a Douglas graduate who was coaching on a field named after his father. “We regrouped at halftime and we put things together in the second half. Tonight we showed our explosiveness.”
After falling behind 14-0 lead in the first quarter, the Tigers pitched a shutout in the second, significant since they had given up 83 first-half points in their two previous games against Galena and Damonte Ranch.
“We played a 5-2 and the kids did a good job,” Monfiletto said. “They didn’t adjust to it (right away). They sure did in the second half, though.”
Carson only needed four plays to put two touchdowns on the scoreboard after halftime, as Wallace scored on a 40-yard burst just 28 seconds into the third quarter and then Carter sped 80 yards on a sweep around his right end.
Douglas threatened after Cody Lewis recovered a fumble in the second quarter, only to see its drive end when a fourth-and-goal play from the 1 come up short.
The Tigers received an offensive spark of their own from the passing combination of quarterback Bryce James along with wideout Cody Ball and tight end Teran Grove. James was 23-for-35 for 294 yards. Ball caught nine passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns, while the 6-foot-5 Grove had nine receptions for 129 yards.
With less than 30 seconds to go before halftime, James converted a fourth down run, then found Ball open on the end zone sideline for a 28-yard touchdown strike.
Ball scored again on a third-and-8 play in the third quarter when he got open on a post pattern for a 52-yard touchdown pass. The score, which came, was set up moments before after Ryland DeSomber came up with a punt return fumble recovery at the 46.
“I studied their coverage, I knew the play would work and I knew my quarterback would get the ball to me,” Ball said.
Ball also caught a 35-yarder from James to give Douglas first down at the Carson 35 to end the third quarter. One play later, Carson’s Asa Carter picked off a pass on the sideline to end the threat.
“All the credit goes to Carson,” Monfiletto said. “They have a lot of talent.”