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Rigby rumbles past Douglas, 56-32

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Hunter Hickey and the Douglas Tigers started out well enough in their football season opener on Saturday morning against Rigby High School.

They were unable to sustain that early momentum, however, as the Trojans from Rigby, Idaho, scored 42 unanswered points between the second and fourth quarter on their way to a 56-32 victory at the Rocky Mountain Rumble in Pocatello, Idaho.

Hickey, a senior quarterback, threw three first-half touchdowns during a first half that saw four lead changes. The second half belonged to Rigby, a veteran-laden team that won its first game under head coach Armando Gonzalez Jr.

Braden Youngstrom, a returning Class 5A all-state running back, rushed for 246 yards on 25 carries and ended his day with a 57-yard touchdown run that stretched Rigby's lead to 50-20 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Senior quarterback Tanner Clayton threw for another 223 yards and five touchdowns to help the Trojans.

Hickey threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Devon Ryan for Douglas on its second play from scrimmage and completed a 6-yard scoring pass to tailback Dakota Lowden early in the second quarter as the Tigers took a 13-7 lead. The touchdown reception by Lowden capped a 13-play, 77-yard drive, the key play coming on fourth-and-3 from the Tigers' 34 when Flores completed a 28-yard pass out of punt formation to Cole Kudrna.

Later, Hickey went deep for a 60-yard scoring strike to Ryan to give the Tigers a 20-14 lead with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter. The Trojans surged ahead for good less than three minutes later when Clayton threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Austin Good on a fourth-and-goal play.

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Douglas turned the ball over on its next two possessions as the Trojans began to take control of the contest.

Unofficially, Hickey completed 10 of 21 passes for 191 yards. Ryan had six receptions for 183 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 24-yarder from backup quarterback Chris Flores with 54 seconds left.

Rigby's defensive unit sacked Hickey four times in the second half.

Rigby 56, Douglas 32

Rigby 7-21-16-12 — 56

Douglas 6-14- 0- 12 — 32

First quarter

R — Larsen 49 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 10:34

D — Ryan 48 pass from Hickey (kick failed), 9:54

Second quarter

D — Lowden 6 pass from Hickey (Flores kick), 11:26

R — Uffens 10 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 7:47

D — Ryan 60 pass from Hickey (Flores kick), 6:53

R — Good 4 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 4:18

R — Fullmer 47 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 2:50

Third quarter

R — Clayton 3 run (Lowder kick), 5:41

R — Safety, Orr tackle in end zone, 4:49

R — Fullmer 7 pass from Clayton (Lowder kick), 2:47

Fourth quarter

R — Youngstrom 57 run (kick failed), 11:10

R — Richins 13 pass from Thompson (kick failed), 4:48

D — Cruz 4 run (run failed), 3:01

D — Ryan 24 pass from Flores (run failed), :54