Tigers in ‘must win’ situation
Crunch time is here for the Douglas High football team.
Douglas (0-2, 1-6) faces a “must win” situation tonight when it hosts Bishop Manogue (1-1, 3-2) in a Sierra League contest that is vital for the playoff hopes of both sides. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Keith Roman Field.
With only two games remaining on their regular season schedule, the Tigers face the possibility of being eliminated from playoff contention. On the other hand, they can ensure themselves a playoff berth by beating Manogue and then winning at home on Nov. 1 against arch rival Carson.
But first things first, Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto noted.
“Yes, it is a must win game,” Monfiletto said. “Our kids are committed to being victorious on Friday night. Our team needs and wants to win.”
Douglas is coming off a 36-7 loss at Damonte Ranch, a game that turned when the Mustangs scored on four successive possessions bridging the second and third quarters.
“We feel like we need to play a full 48 minutes and finish the deal,” Monfiletto said.
Meanwhile, Manogue is coming off a big 30-20 win last week to knock Galena from the unbeaten ranks. The Miners feature a balanced offense that averages 147 passing yards and 154 rushing yards per game. Juan Aparicio was the Miners’ main threat again Galena, as the senior rushed for 131 yards and 2 TDs and caught one pass for an 85-yard touchdown.
Douglas scored on its opening drive against Damonte Ranch, however, the Tigers were unable to continue their momentum. Quarterback Wes Hundley accounted for 135 yards in total offense — 85 passing (8-for-17), including a 12-yard TD pass to A.J. Pfaffenberger, and 50 yards rushing. Nick Abreu also rushed for 51 yards on 20 carries and Pfaffenberger had 4 receptions for 48 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Kyle Adams was in on a team-high 12 tackles for the Tigers. Cale Kynett had two quarterback sacks and forced one fumble which was recovered by Zachary Moehle-Boston to stop a Damonte Ranch threat late in the third quarter.
“The team’s attitude has been great; now they need to transfer that preparation onto the field,” Monfiletto said.