Tigers face another powerhouse in Damonte Ranch
Of course the Douglas High football team knows what it faces in Damonte Ranch.
It would be a monumental upset if the Tigers beat the Mustangs, a team that’s 8-0 and 3-0 in the Sierra League. But the Tigers know they can keep improving as a team no matter the opponent even if it’s Damonte.
“We are really looking forward to getting better and competing with the Damonte Ranch Mustangs,” Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said.
The Tigers will host Damonte on Friday at Keith Roman Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Douglas (4-3, 2-1) is coming off a 69-14 loss to Manogue while Damonte is coming off a 70-7 rout of Carson. Against Carson, Cade McNamara, completed 11-of-19 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns in just the first half.
Derrick Knoblock, who’s a load at running back, rushed for 137 yards on just six carries and three touchdowns in just the first half. Jake Polson caught five passes for 144 yards and two TDs in just the first half.
For the season, McNamara is 97-for-162 for 1,660 yards passing, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Knoblock has rushed for 786 yards and 16 TDs and Polson has caught 21 passes for 499 yards for a 23.8 yard average and seven scores. Tai Allison, who also had two TD catches against Carson, has 25 receptions for 420 yards and nine touchdowns.
In an understatement, Monfiletto described Damonte’s offense as “pretty potent. We understand the challenge that we face. We’ve got to just try to contain them.”
Again the key for Douglas will be ball control.
“We need to maintain possession of the ball, make it hard on them,” Monfiletto said. “It has to happen or it’s going to be a long night.”
Against Manogue, Douglas quarterback Colton Weidner, who is a double threat as a passer and runner, completed touchdown passes for the Tigers’ both scores to running back Trevor Kruger and Isaiah Geilenfeldt. Weidner has 11 touchdown passes on the season.
Weidner’s top two pass catching threats are Geilenfeldt and Cameron Swain. Kruger is the Tigers’ top rusher and Race Coman is also a dual threat as a runner and pass catcher.
Monfiletto said team morale remains high.
“Actually the attitude is great,” he said. “They’re ready for the challenge. I don’t sense anybody down.”