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by Chuck Smock

It took nearly five minutes for the Douglas junior varsity football team to score its first points against South Tahoe on Thursday at Keith Roman Field.

But once the Tigers got rolling, they were nearly impossible to stop.

Behind the running of Monte McCann, the quarterbacking of Shane Cauley and a solid defensive effort highlighted by two interceptions each by Travis Baker and Gieorag Andrews, the Tigers crushed the Vikings, 48-0, in a game that was more lopsided than the score indicated.

Douglas coach Terry Hughes emptied his bench in the third quarter and the Tigers went the whole period without improving on their 34-0 halftime lead.

Two fourth-quarter touchdowns, both set up by interceptions by Baker, closed out the scoring. Baker also kicked the last two extra points.

McCann got things going for Douglas with a 16-yard touchdown run with 7:11 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was blocked.

Tiger defender Mike Garren then recovered a fumble on South Tahoe’s ensuing possession. McCann finished the drive with a 1-yard plunge and a two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.

Late in the first quarter, Tiger Justin Nalder recovered a Viking fumble in the end zone for another Douglas score. Andrews kicked the PAT.

Andrews intercepted a pass a few plays later, setting up Cauley, who hit Fail with a long pass down to the 15-yard line and then connected with Erik Olson for a 9-yard TD strike.

Andrews made it 28-0 with his second PAT.

McCann scored his third touchdown with just under three minutes to play in the half.

And while the Tigers didn’t score any points in the third quarter, the defense kept up the intensity and kept the Vikings off the scoreboard.

Josh Burke made a nice play to sack the South Tahoe quarterback and slow one drive. Andrews’ second interception put an end to another.

Tyler Fail scored the Tigers sixth touchdown of the night following Baker’s first interception. Baker, who kicked off after adding the PAT, was forced to make a touchdown-saving tackle on the return.

Ninety seconds later, Baker intercepted his second pass. He scored the final touchdown on a toss play to the right and then kicked the PAT to put the finishing touches on the rout.

“Travis really stepped up and had a great game,” Hughes said.