Tigers regroup for playoffs
The Douglas High football team will play without three offensive starters Thursday when the Tigers travel to play the Elko Indians in the first round of the Northern 4A playoffs.
Quarterback Anthony Bartone, halfback Levi Shoda and wide receiver Jim Coyne have all been suspended for one week by head coach Mike Rippee for violating team rules. The three seniors skipped practice Saturday morning following their 13-10 overtime loss to the Carson Senators in the final game of the regular season Friday at Keith Roman Field.
“When you step up to the varsity level you have to make a commitment,” Rippee said. “Everybody follows the same rules. If you’re going to challenge a team rule, you’re going to lose.
Bartone said he decided to miss the practice to protest what he called a continually negative attitude by Rippee.
“I wanted him (Rippee) to realize that being negative all the time isn’t the way to do things,” Bartone said. “When all you get is criticism. it’s tough.”
Junior backup quarterback Brandon Griffith will get his first varsity start against the Indians. Griffith is the younger brother of last year’s starting quarterback Chris Griffith.
Wes Naugle, who started at halfback for three games when Shoda was out with a shoulder injury, will step back into the Tigers’ featured running back position.
Kenny Nicoll, who starts at cornerback on defense and returns kicks, will see more playing time at wide receiver this week.
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