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Tigers scrimmage Lancers Saturday

The Douglas High football team will step out for its 2017 unveiling Saturday with a scrimmage at home against McQueen.

Varsity action will begin at 9 a.m. on Keith Roman Field, while the JV and freshmen take the field afterward.

Looking ahead one more week, Douglas officially kicks off its season on Aug. 26 with a 10 a.m. (MST) contest against the Rigby Trojans (Rigby, Idaho) as part of the Rocky Mountain Rumble at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.

The Tigers come back the following week and visit Reed in Sparks on Sept. 1, then play their home opener on Sept. 8 against Spanish Springs. The opener also will mark the Tigers' second annual Military Tribute Night.

It's a tough start for the Tigers since Rigby, Reed and Spanish Springs were all playoff teams in 2016. Reed defeated Douglas in the Northern 4A region playoff semifinals last November.

"The first 10 weeks, really," Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said with a smile. "Rigby is a 5A school in Idaho. Then we go Reed, Spanish Springs, North Valleys and Reno … so we have our hands full. We feel like we're prepared for that jump and I'm excited about where we're going."

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Douglas is scheduled to play its Sierra League opener on Sept. 29, a Friday night game against Bishop Manogue in Reno.

Saturday's scrimmage marks a meeting of teams that faced each other to open the 2016 season in Reno. Douglas won that game in overtime, 20-14, and the Tigers went on to finish their season with a 6-5 overall record.

"I think they're going to be better," Monfiletto said of the Lancers. "They're not real excited about us beating them last year so I'm sure those kids will come down here prepared and excited about getting some reps."

SCHEDULE

Saturday   McQueen scrimmage, 9 a.m.

Aug. 26 vs. Rigby @ Pocatello, Idaho, 10 a.m. (MST)

Sept. 1    @ Reed, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8   Spanish Springs (Tribute Game), 7 p.m.

Sept. 15   @ North Valleys, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22   Reno, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29   @ Bishop Manogue, 7 p.m.*

Oct. 6     Hug (Homecoming), 7 p.m.

Oct. 13    @ Damonte Ranch, 7 p.m.*

Oct. 20    Bye      

Oct. 26    Galena, 7 p.m.*

Nov. 3    Carson, 7 p.m.*

Bold denotes home game

* Denotes Sierra League game