Unbeaten Tigers host Raiders tonight
It’s Hall of Fame night for the Douglas High football team.
The Tigers will also be looking to climb a tall mountain to establish a win streak tonight when they host Reed in a 7 p.m. non-league contest at Keith Roman Field.
Tall mountain in that Reed is the five time defending region champion and a team that has beaten Douglas in the playoffs each of the last eight years.
There is a slightly different twist this time, though, since the Raiders are 0-1 after dropping their season opener 35-21 last Friday against Bay Area power Clayton Valley in Concord, Calif. And, yes, Douglas is undefeated coming off its 20-14 overtime win against McQueen.
Douglas hasn’t beaten Reed since 2005 (14-7) and is looking to step up after losing to the Raiders twice last season, 67-20 during the regular season in Minden and 69-14 in the first round of the playoffs in Sparks. Reed has won its last 17 games against Northern Nevada opposition, however, the Tigers have no intention of backing down from this challenge.
“We’re looking for more W’s,” Douglas senior tailback Ryland DeSomber said after scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run in overtime to clinch the Tigers’ win at McQueen. “We’re going to get after Reed.”
Five alumni will also be inducted into the school’s Football Hall of Fame during a pre-game ceremony: Brent Koontz, Paul “Pudge” Mannelly, Keenan Copp, David Park and Ed Garrison.
Koontz was a three-year starter (2004-06) and team captain during his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he was honored as Northern Defensive Player of the Year and Sierra League Player of the Year for the league champion Tigers. Later, he became an all-conference player at Southern Oregon University. He now works for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Mannelly was an all-state guard for the 2003 Douglas team that went 11-1 and lost only to Reno in the Northern Nevada region finals. He went on to serve during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. Mannelly now lives in Portland, Ore., and is a sergeant in the Army National Guard.
Copp played outside linebacker and fullback for Douglas teams that compiled a 19-4 during the 2003-04 seasons. He earned all-region recognition at both positions as a senior. He went on to play two football seasons at Mesa College in Arizona and later served one tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Copp now lives in Texas, where he works in the oil and gas industry.
Park played a variety of positions for Douglas in the early 1980s as a running back, wide receiver, linebacker and nose guard and received honorable mention all-conference recognition as a senior during the 1984 season. He was a three-time zone wrestling champion and state runner-up 128-pounder in 1985 (he wrestled at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is now a local businessman who lives in the Topaz Lake area on the family ranch.
Garrison capped off his senior season in 1976 as an all-state linebacker and became the first Douglas wrestler to post an undefeated season record as a 193-pound weight class 2A state champion. After high school, he earned All-America junior college honors for a DeAnza team that played in the Junior Rose Bowl. He became an architectural metal and glass tradesman before he retired in 2011.