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Tigers face tall order at Reed

Dougas senior runningback Ryland DeSomber picks up a big gain for the Tigers in Minden Friday night against the Spanish Springs Cougars.
Brad Coman |


WHAT: Northern 4A Region football playoffs

WHO: Douglas Tigers (6-4) @ Reed Raiders (10-1)

WHEN: Thursday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Reed High School, 1350 Baring Blvd, Sparks, NV 89434

TICKET PRICES: $10 adults, $5 students, $3 senior citizens 62-and-older, children 8-and-under free

For better or worse, a streak is going to continue for the Douglas High football team Thursday night.

That is, the Tigers are facing Reed in the Northern Nevada region playoffs for the ninth consecutive year. The bad news is that the five-time defending region champion Raiders are 8-0 in those previous meetings, the most recent a 69-14 triumph last year. Ah, but the good news is that Douglas (6-4) has advanced to the region semifinals and has an opportunity to take on Reed (10-1) in a game that is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Sparks.

Douglas is riding a three-game win streak, including a 24-6 opening round playoff win last Friday at home against Spanish Springs.

“Throughout the season we’ve been getting better,” senior tailback Dawson Coman said. “Our confidence is a lot higher … that’s the big difference. We’re excited, especially being on a streak like this.”

Despite the tall order that awaits at Reed, the Tigers would obviously like to keep their streak going.

“I would love for that to happen,” Coman said, flashing a wide smile. “They’re very tough, but we’re a lot better prepared for them this time.”

Reed (10-1) is riding a 10-game win streak since opening its season with a 35-21 loss against Clayton Valley in Concord, Calif. The first of those wins was a 53-16 verdict against Douglas on Sept. 2 in Minden.

In that Week 2 meeting, however, the Tigers were more productive than the 16-point total would indicate. They rushed for 271 yards (5.9-yard average), drove into Reed territory nine times and were in the red zone six times. Unfortunately, they couldn’t capitalize often enough to stay in the game, partly due to two turnovers and field goal misfire in the second quarter. Yet another opportunity was missed when Reagan Roberson’s 39-yard catch and run to the 1 late in the first quarter was nullified by a block in the back penalty (Roberson sustained a shoulder injury that sidelined him for three weeks).

The Raiders are averaging 50.0 points per game, led by junior quarterback Cameron Emerson with 1,747 yards passing (23 TDs) and 547 yards rushing (9 TDs). Tre Bussey has rushed for 1,217 yards (21 TDs) while Robert Ferrel has 759 receiving yards (10 TDs) and Michael Spivack 623 receiving yards (8 TDs).

Douglas, which is averaging 30.1 points and 250.4 rushing yards per game, scored on each of its four possessions in the first half against Spanish Springs. Quarterback Hunter Hickey, along with the senior tailback tandem of Ryland DeSomber and Coman, combined to rush for 231 yards.

“The first half was important. We wanted to start fast. The last time, we didn’t start off so well and we wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again,” DeSomber said, referring to a 51-27 loss Sept.9 at Spanish Springs.

“We just put our trust in our line,” he added. “They pulled us through tonight. There’s not another line I’d rather run behind and I wouldn’t want to be playing on any other team.”

Note: Douglas all-time football record: 312-382-11 (6-16 playoffs).