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Tigers pay tribute to military

Players and military men and women line the field Friday night prior to the start of the Tigers/Panthers game. The Military Tribute Game was won by the Tigers 48-0 and featured a U.S. Navy helicopter flyover.
Brad Coman |

Coach Ernie Monfiletto couldn’t help but feel pride Friday after watching the Douglas High football team turn in its best performance to date this season in a 48-0 win against North Valleys.

Especially considering it was the Tigers’ Military Tribute Night.

“We played good fundamental football,” Monfiletto said. “These kids were focused; they wanted to pay tribute to the veterans and active servicemen and paying tribute to each other.”

The honorees included:

■ B.J. Williams (Navy), escorted by sons Will and Drew Williams;

■ Steve Thaler (Marines), escorted by Alex Harker;

■ Eddy Madsen (Air Force), escorted by Haydn Brown;

■ Mike Eddy (Army), escorted by step son Nick Pedroza;

■ Ed Coman (Marines), escorted by grandson Dawson Coman;

■ Earl DeSomber (Marines), escorted by son Ryland DeSomber;

■ Brad Bilderback (Army), escorted by Phillip Lopez;

■ Tim Bunting (Army), escorted by Sean Wulfkiel;

■ David Allison (Army), escorted by Kane Hoyopatubbi;

■ Christopher Gray (Army), escorted by son Christian Gray;

■ Ken Rogers (Army), escorted by grandson Michael Cobb;

■ Mike Hickey (Nevada Army National Guard), escorted by grandson Hunter Hickey;

■ Keith Bishow (Army), escorted by Kory Johnson;

■ Chuck Lowden (Army), escorted by grandson Dakota Lowden;

■ John Holman (Navy), escorted by Ben Miller;

■ Scott Hyde (Army), escorted by nephew Josh Gurule;

■ Charlie Gerth (Navy/Civil Air Patrol), escorted by grandson Jack Overton;

■ Tyler Scott (Marines), escorted by brother in law Greg Sanotsky;

■ Loren Simpson (Army), escorted by nephew Hunter Simpson;

■ Ron Zetak (Air Force), escorted by grandson Garrett Frankiewich;

■ Lance Hartzell (Navy), escorted by nephew Danny Rich;

■ Leslie Mays (Nevada Air Force National Guard), escorted by Ryan McIntosh;

■ Dan Theilan (Army), escorted by Chris Merrit;

■ Christopher Goode (Marines), escorted by brother Matt Goode;

■ Bailey Vidaurri (Army ROTC-Southern Oregon University), escorted by Taylor Washam;

■ Brian Johnson and Bud Ford (Army), escorted by Daniel Ferguson;

■ Sean Pillbury (Navy), escorted by nephew Cody Freitas;

■ Gunny Benson (Marines), escorted by grandson Austin Aiken;

■ Pon Smith (Army), escorted by Cody Tacket-Lewis;

■ Ed Garren (Army), escorted by Dawson Hughes;

■ Kyle Mays (Army), escorted by Andrew Browning;

■ George Stein (Air Force), escorted by Ty Dodd;

■ Dennis Andrews (Air Force), escorted by Tahoma Smokey;

■ Pat Ryan (Army National Guard), escorted by Zach Romero;

■ Jeff Monroe (Army National Guard), escorted by James Monroe;

■ Ray Gray (Air Force), escorted by grandson Reagan Roberson;

■ Jim DeZerga (Navy), escorted by Payton Craig.

Douglas JROTC director and retired Army Sgt. Brian Johnson Brian Johnson, an instructor in the program, were among the honorees.

“That was an awesome experience,” Johnson said. “We all appreciate the football team for supporting and recognizing the military and doing things the Douglas way.”

SETTING THE TONE: Once the game kicked off, DeSomber was front and center for Douglas in the opening five minutes against North Valleys. First, the senior linebacker led a charge that stopped North Valleys quarterback Matt Sneed on third-and-5 during the game’s opening series. North Valleys’ ensuing 18-yard punt gave Douglas great field position and the Tigers drove 37 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. DeSomber carried seven straight times to the 1 before Hunter Hickey scored on a quarterback sneak to cap a drive that took only 2 minutes, 39 seconds.

DEFENSE: “We played great defense all night and that gave us an opportunity to play great offense,” Monfiletto said. North Valleys went three-and-out on its second series; then had a drive to the 35 stall after Lowden sacked Sneed on fourth down. Hoyopatubbi picked off a pass on the Panthers’ next possession, then they turned the ball over on downs when running back DaJon Moore was stopped on fourth-and-2 from the 49. The Panthers had another drive in the final 2:43 before halftime, however, Sneed faced constant pressure as he was thrown for a 1-yard loss by Freitas and then sacked by Browning as time expired.

OFFENSE: 48 points was the Tigers’ highest total since the 2012 season, when they beat Reno (56-44) and Hug (54-20). Coman rushed for 141 yards and four TDs, while DeSomber rushed for 121 yards and one score. This was the first time Douglas has produced two 100-yard rushing backs since Aug. 30, 2014, when Cale Kynett went for 152 yards and Nick Abreu 102 yards in a 31-28 win against Minico, Idaho.

AROUND THE NORTH: Northern 4A teams are 6-4 against out-of-state opponents (California, Arizona and Oregon) this season. None of those wins was more noteworthy than Reed’s season home-opening 55-34 win against Oak Ridge, a perennial Sacramento area power. Oak Ridge came to Reed with a 3-0 record. Before the game, Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere paid tribute to the Raiders when he spoke to Matt Long of the Folsom Telegraph: “Reed has good athletes who are big and strong on the offensive and defensive lines and when you combine that with being well coached, they’re tough. Any team that’s strong at the line of scrimmage is going to be good.” … Sierra League teams are 12-8 to date and the High Desert League 9-11. The only undefeated team? That would be the Reno Huskies, who host Douglas Friday.