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Tigers take on Cougars in playoffs

Ryland DeSomber


WHAT: Northern 4 Region football playoffs

WHO: Spanish Springs Cougars (5-4) @ Douglas Tigers (5-4)

WHEN: Tonight, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Keith Roman Field @ Big George Athletic Complex

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

Now riding a three-game win streak and hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2009, just how excited is the Douglas High football team about its game tonight against Spanish Springs?

Well, the Tigers can’t wait to get on the field.

“We couldn’t be any more excited,” coach Ernie Monfiletto said this week. “We’re anxious. We just wish we were playing a Thursday night game.”

Douglas (5-4), the Sierra League’s No. 2 seed, is looking to extend that win streak and gain a measure of revenge against Spanish Springs (5-4), the No. 3 High Desert League seed, in the 7 p.m. playoff contest at Keith Roman Field.

The Tigers had a forgettable experience in their Sept. 9 regular season game at Spanish Springs, where they fell behind 35-7 after one quarter and eventually lost 51-27 in a wild game that saw each team with two kickoff returns and one interception return for first-half touchdowns. Brad Coman accounted for both of the Tigers’ scoring kick returns and Gabby Ordaz scored twice for the Cougars. Haydn Brown scored on an interception return for Douglas in the closing moments before halftime. Austin Cadenhead scored on a pick six for Spanish Springs, plus he had a 100-yard interception return to close out a 28-25 win over McQueen and he scoered on a kick return in the season opener against Foothill (Palo Cedro, Calif.).

Spanish Springs ended its regular season last Thursday with a 49-14 loss to rival Reed.

“This is a quality football team we’re playing,” Monfiletto said of the Cougars. “We’ve got a score to settle, though. Our kids want to rectify the past and move forward.”

Spanish Springs is led by quarterback Korbin Marcum, who has thrown for 2,105 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. The 6-foot-4 senior left the game against Reed last week with an injury.

On the other hand, Douglas features a running attack led by senior tailbacks Ryland DeSomber (739 yards) and Dawson Coman (570 yards, 10 TDs) plus quarterback Hunter Hickey (514 yards). Hickey has also passed for 691 yards.

The Tigers have won four of their last six games and are coming off an emotional 31-17 win Thursday night at Carson that clinched second-place in the Sierra League.

“I think they have done a good job of controlling the football,” Monfiletto said of his Tigers. “I think they understand how important it is to have a sustained drive and finish it.”

The winner tonight in Minden will move on the Northern 4A semifinals and in all likelihood a matchup against five-time defending region champion Reed, which hosts Bishop Manogue tonight.