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Tigers face tough test at Reno

Douglas senior wingback Will Williams makes a huge cutback into the North Valleys secondary Friday night at DHS.
Brad Coman |

Only a few minutes had elapsed last Friday after the end of their 48-0 triumph before the Douglas Tigers began to look at a major test coming up.

The Tigers go on the road tonight to play the undefeated Reno Huskies in the final tune-up in preparation for the Sierra League season. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Foster Field.

“This gives us momentum for next week,” junior quarterback Hunter Hickey said after directing an attack in which Douglas (2-2) rushed for 367 yards and seven touchdowns against North Valleys. “Reno’s a good team. They’re a lot like us … very physical. We’ve just got to get after them.”

Reno (4-0) has posted double-digit wins over Stagg (Stockton, Calif.), Carson, Placer (Auburn, Calif.) and Galena this season. The two closest calls were 34-17 against Carson and 34-24 against Placer. The Huskies allowed 171 yards in total offense during their 28-7 win at Galena last week. Two weeks before, the explosive Carson Senators were limited to 70 yards in the first half.

Last Friday, Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto acknowledged that the Tigers would quickly turn their attention to Reno.

“This is a heavy test coming up,” Monfiletto said. “They’re a very talented group. We need to go out and play to the best of our ability and let the chips fall where they may.”

Dawson Coman rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns, while Ryland DeSomber added 121 yards and one TD for the Tigers against North Valleys.

Meanwhile, the Dan Avansino-coached Huskies like to use a variety of formations, and if the opposing defense doesn’t recognize or respond correctly, they will capitalize on mismatches. Brandon Kaho, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior, has been a force to reckon with (four touchdowns against Placer) and senior quarterback Drake Vestbie (6-3, 190) is a threat when he throws the ball.

Reno holds a 24-13 lead in the all-time series between the schools dating back to 1924.

The Tigers celebrate homecoming on Sept. 30 in their Sierra League opener against Bishop Manogue.