Tigers, Cougars have point to prove
September 9, 2016
Two football teams with a point to prove — and with plenty of potential to score points — will collide tonight when the Douglas Tigers visit Spanish Springs.
The contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Sparks.
Douglas (1-1) is looking to rebound from a tough 53-16 loss at home last Friday against five-time defending region champion Reed. And the Spanish Springs Cougars are looking for their first win of the season after watching a second-half lead slip away one week before in Northern California.
"Spanish Springs is a talented, athletic team that likes to throw the ball and spread the defense out," Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto noted. "We will have our hands full. We must play better defense, control the clock and score when in the red zone."
Douglas gained 378 total yards against Reed. Junior quarterback Hunter Hickey accounted for 209 of those yards (102 rushing, 107 passing). The Tigers, however, only scored points on three of six trips into the red zone.
Spanish Springs (0-1) is coming off a 46-33 loss last Friday against Foothill in Palo Cedro, Calif. The Cougars led 26-19 at halftime, only to see Foothill score 27 points in the second half behind six touchdown passes by Trent Banner, who is regarded as one of Northern California's top prep quarterbacks.
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Spanish Springs was led by quarterback Korbin Marcum's 289 yards passing, while Austin Cadenhead had nine receptions for 125 yards as well as a 91-yard kick return for a touchdown.
Douglas will be without senior linebacker/tight end Reagan Roberson, who sustained a shoulder injury in the first quarter against Reed and is now listed as week-to-week by Monfiletto.
Douglas leads the all-time series between the two schools, 5-2.