Reed runs past Douglas in opener.
For about four plays it looked like the Douglas Tigers would pick up right where they left off last season.
Then Ryan Lammle took the game over.
Lammle ran for 236 yards on 18 carries with four touchdowns to lead Reed to a 41-21 victory over the Tigers at Reed High School Friday night.
“We didn’t get ourselves into the position to win the football game,” Douglas head coach Mike Rippee said. “Good players are going to make you look like that.”
The way things started, it appeared that Douglas wouldn’t have to worry about anything at all.
The Tigers stuffed Lammle on the opening two runs of the game and then forced a punt after Bryan Brady broke up a Zack May pass. Douglas fielded the short punt at the Raiders’ 44.
Spike Agosta then took the Tigers’ first offensive play from scrimmage down the left side of the field for a 44-yard touchdown to open the season.
It would be Douglas’ last points of the half.
May completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Zack Bridgewater on the ensuing drive to knot the game up and Lammle scored from 10 yards out and from 4 yards out on the Raiders’ next two drives respectively.
He added a nine-yard touchdown and a 78-yard score in which he broke about four tackles early in the third quarter before Douglas’ Roman Davis completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Tim Coleman to get the Tigers back in the game.
Davis, who finished the night 6-of-18 for 96 yards and two touchdown passes, engineered a 34-yard scoring drive culminating in a 14-yard pass to Coleman to bring the Tigers within 14 with a lot of time left on the clock.
But Reed came back with an 80-yard touchdown drive capped by Artis Johnson’s 3-yard run to sap the clock and effectively end the game.
Agosta led Douglas with 27 carries for 158 yards.
Senior Eric Emm, who was expected to be the Tigers’ star receiver this season, tore his ACL earlier this week and will miss the entire season.
“My heart just bleeds for him because he is such a tough kid and he’s worked so hard,” Rippee said.
Coleman was able to help start to fill the hole, as was D.J. Brady and Brian Brady who each caught a pass for the Tigers Friday night.
“We’ve got some inexperience and some of our guys haven’t played much and all we can do is get better,” Rippee said.
REED 41, DOUGLAS 21
Douglas 7 0 7 7 — 21
Reed 7 20 7 7 — 41
D — Agosta 44 run (Agosta kick)
R — Bridgewater 38 pass from May (Flock kick)
R — Lammle 10 run (Flock kick)
R — Lammle 4 run (Flock kick)
R — Lammle 9 run (kick failed)
R — Lammle 78 run (Flock kick)
D — Coleman 21 pass from Davis (kick failed)
D — Coleman 14 pass from Davis (Koontz pass from Davis)
R — Johnson 3 run (Flock kick)
Rushing: Douglas, Agosta 27-158, Davis 5-12, Copp 1-5. Reed, Lammle 18-236, May 5-10, Johnson 4-9.
Passing: Douglas, Davis 6-18-96, 0 interceptions, 2 touchdowns. Reed, May, 13-22-155, 0 interceptions, 1 touchdown.
Receiving: Douglas, Coleman 3-59, D. Brady 1-24, Agosta 1-3, B. Brady 1-10. Reed, Johnson 10-94, Bridgewater 2-49, Flock 1-17, Smith 1-5.
Records: Reed 2-0, Douglas 0-1.