Tigers host rival Senators
On paper, the numbers do not appear favorable for the Douglas Tigers coming into their final regular season game Thursday night against the Carson Senators.
Carson (7-1, 3-0) is riding a seven-game win streak, most recently a 51-21 triumph two weeks ago over Galena to clinch its third straight Sierra League championship. On the other hand, Douglas (2-6 overall, including a forfeit win from Hug, 1-2 league) is coming off a 68-21 loss at Damonte Ranch on Friday night and 56-17 loss at Galena on Oct. 16.
Carson leads the series 48-22-3 and has won five of the last six meetings against Douglas, including a 49-7 verdict last year in the state capital. There is one interesting point of interest, though, since the last two meetings in Minden have both been decided in overtime (the Senators won 16-13 in 2010 and 19-13 in 2013). The Tigers’ most recent win in the series was a 27-25 barnburner decided by Connor Greth’s field goal with 10 seconds left to play.
The bottom line, though, is that these two teams will line up at 7 p.m. at Keith Roman Field to write the latest chapter in a series that dates to 1923, making it the oldest football rivalry in Nevada. And that means anything can happen.
Carson still has not lost since its 44-27 season-opening setback against undefeated Reed, the closest call being a 17-14 decision over Damonte Ranch on Oct. 2. The Senators average 322.8 rushing yards per game, led by sophomore Abel Carter with 704 yards (9.8-yard per carry average) and seven touchdowns, junior Greg Wallace with 488 yards (7.7 yard average) and seven touchdowns, and senior Asa Carter with 455 yards (12.0 yard average). Carson’s big-play capability is abundant since Abel Carter has a 90-yard touchdown run to his credit, Asa Carter an 86-yarder and Wallace a 74-yarder. Quarterback Joe Nelson has thrown for 661 yards and rushed for another 267.
Douglas is led offensively by quarterback Bryce James, who rushed for 100 yards and scored on the final play of the night against Damonte Ranch. James has rushed for more than 600 yards with 10 touchdowns this season, plus he has thrown for 1,270 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Tigers pulled to within 28-14 with 5:47 to go in the second quarter when Tomas Leitenbauer shook free on a post pattern and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass. Sam Melhus also scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter.
Note: Coupled with Bishop Manogue’s 47-0 loss against Galena last Friday night, Douglas clinched a berth in the region playoffs and a Nov. 6 date against Reed in Sparks.