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Tigers face challenge at Galena

Douglas running back Sam Melhus (3) stiff-arms a Manogue defender on his way to a gain Friday night.
Brad Coman |

Coming off its first win of the season, the Douglas High football team is looking to continue that momentum tonight at Galena.

Douglas (1-0 Sierra League) faces Galena (0-0) in a game that kicks off at 7 p.m. The Tigers rallied for a 21-19 homecoming win last Friday that gave them an inside track to fourth-place and a berth in the playoffs.

That game was decided when quarterback Bryce James scored on a 1-yard run with 30 seconds left to play.

Taran Grove sealed the victory in the final 30 seconds when he deflected a pass and came up with an interception. Trevor Tierney was in on at least three key tackles, including one stop for a 3-yard loss at the Tigers’ 28, plus he pressured a failed 28-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter. Reagan Roberson also had a stop on a fourth-and-3 play from the 28.

James has surpassed 1,000 yards passing and thrown for six touchdowns this season. The senior quarterback has rushed for more than 400 yards and eight touchdowns.

Galena is 3-2 overall for the season with its two losses coming in back-to-back weeks against two of the North’s top playoff contenders — 9-0 against Reno on Sept. 4 and 42-19 against Reed on Sept. 11. The Grizzlies only trailed undefeated Reed 28-19 at the end of three quarters. That game marked the first significant playing time for sophomore quarterback Derek Kline, who threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns against Reed.

Galena has featured a balanced running attack this season. Jake Berger has rushed for 494 yards and six touchdowns, including 110 yards two weeks ago in a 28-17 win over McQueen. Mateo Lemus rushed for 124 yards against McQueen and 109 yards the week before in a 53-7 win over North Valleys. Quintin Mills, a 6-5 high jumper and region champion in track and field in 2014, rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown two weeks ago in the McQueen game, plus he caught seven passes for 117 yards against Reed.