Tigers pull out homecoming win
Douglas 21, Manogue 19
Manogue 0- 0-13- 6 — 19
Douglas 0-15- 0- 6 — 21
D — Roberson 3 pass from James (Gonzalez kick), 9:11
D — James 2 run (Broome pass from James), 3:38
M — Aparicio 1 run (kick failed), 7:39
M — Aparicio 78 punt return (Krivan kick), 6:35
M — Reviglio 15 run (kick failed), 1:53
D — James 1 run (kick failed), :30.0
Rushing — Douglas (37-174): James 10-83, Melhus 22-79, Williams 3-6, Coman 2-6. Manogue (34-158): Aparicio 18-98, Hauck 6-31, Reviglio 7-26, Cavilia 3-3.
Passing — Douglas: James 12-23-1-117 (1 sack). Manogue: Hauck 16-30-1-208 (sacks: 3-minus 16).
Receiving — Douglas: Ball 5-57, Grove 2-32, Leitenbauer 2-10, Williams 1-11, Coman 1-4, Roberson 1-3. Manogue: Henderson 5-72, Bansuelo 3-49, Hunt 3-28, Aparicio 2-27, Reviglio 1-23, Ortiz 1-8, Cavilia 1-1.
Bishop Manogue enjoyed an advantage in nearly every offensive statistic Friday in its Sierra League football opener against the Douglas Tigers.
At the end of the night, however, Douglas converted three-of-four red zone opportunities and came out on top in the statistic that mattered most — 21-19 on the scoreboard.
Only 30 seconds remained on the clock when quarterback Bryce James scored on a fourth-and-goal keeper from 1 yard out as the Tigers escaped with their homecoming victory at Keith Roman Field. The touchdown capped an eight-play, 65-yard drive that came after Manogue had taken its first lead, 19-15, on a touchdown with 1:53 to go.
“It was a whole group effort,” James said. “We believed we could do it. We’re all a big family with a great bond between us and we just worked through it.”
Will Williams caught an 11-yard sideline pass to start the drive. Then Taran Grove caught a 9-yarder and Cody Ball a 7-yarder. Next, James lofted a high ball that the 6-foot-1 Ball caught for a 28-yard gain at the 9.
“That was an amazing catch,” James said of Ball’s reception. “I saw that he had a height advantage (on the defensive back); Cody is a great athlete so I knew if I could throw it in there, he would catch it.”
James also completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Reagan Roberson on fourth-and-goal to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. Later, the senior quarterback scored on a 2-yard run and then threw a pass to Moses Broom to make it 15-0 in the second quarter.
The Tigers were two-for-two on fourth down conversions — both for touchdowns.
That proved critical on a night when Manogue enjoyed an advantage in total offense (350-271), first downs (15-14), offensive plays (69-61) and turnovers (3-1). Another telling number, though, was that the Miners had the ball inside the 30 on seven occasions (three times inside the 5) and only came away with two touchdowns.
Manogue missed three field goal attempts, the last a 28-yarder with 9:46 to go that was disrupted by Trevor Tierney’s pressure up the middle. The Miners had driven to first-and-goal at the 4. On second down from the 3, Josh Jensen led a charge that stopped a run up the middle for a 2-yard loss. Then on third down, Jensen sacked freshman quarterback Lincoln Hauck for a 7-yard loss.
“The D stepped up,” Jensen said. “We just put our heads down and went after them. We weren’t going to let them in.”
The Douglas defense also produced two big stops at the end of the first half. First, Roberson stuffed a fourth-and-3 run at the 28 with 5:10 left before halftime when Douglas was protecting a 7-0 lead. After the Tigers drove for their second touchdown, the Miners answered with a drive that reached the 16 before stalling on back-to-back quarterback sacks; the first by Tahoma Smokey, and then Dawson Hughes, Garrett Frankiewich and Roberson combined on a 9-yard sack as time expired at halftime.
Grove also ended the Miners’ last possession of the game when he deflected a pass and pulled in the interception. It was Manogue’s only turnover.
The Miners took their lead on a nine-play, 76-yard drive highlighted by a 17-yard completion from Hauck to Jordan Hunt and 11-yard pass to Artie Henderson. Angelo Reviglio capped the drive with his 15-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers weren’t about to back down from the challenge of that deficit, Jensen observed.
“That fired up the whole team,” he said. “We were too determined … we were going to finish it.”