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Tigers thump Fallon 15-0

by Chuck Smock

A dramatic lightning storm delayed the Northern 4A football opener between Douglas and Fallon Thursday night -but it couldn’t prevent the inevitable.

The Tigers used a dominating defensive performance and just enough big plays on offense to secure a 15-0 win over the Greenwave in Fallon.

Both teams were sent back to their locker rooms at the end of the first quarter after thunder from a nearby lightning strike rattled the metal bleachers at the stadium.

The 30-minute delay didn’t seem to bother the Douglas defense, which held Fallon to minus-2 yards rushing and zero yards passing in the first half.

Fallon finished the game with 76 yards rushing and 22 yards passing -63 of the Greenwave’s rushing yards came on back-to-back plays late in the fourth quarter against a Douglas defense that featured mostly backup players.

“We thought we had a good game plan, but those kids really executed it,” DHS defensive coordinator Steve Wilcox said. “They were all over that option. We had some kids who really stepped up. Trevor Johnson played a magnificent game. He really dominated.

“I’m real pleased. I thought it was a great effort on the whole defense’s part.”

Trevor Johnson, a senior defensive lineman, scored the Tigers’ first points of the season when he sacked the Fallon quarterback in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead with 3:15 to play in the first half.

Johnson had another QB sack in the third quarter, batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage and finished the game with more than a dozen tackles.

“My first game starting, I really was looking forward to it,” Johnson said. “I’ve been working for it for four years. I finally got in there and did what I was supposed to. I had a blast.”

The Douglas offense, which struggled most of the night, put all of its points on the board in a four-minute span in the third quarter.

Monte McCann scampered 36 yards for a touchdown to complete a four-play drive and give Douglas an 8-0 lead with 6:37 to play in the third. Jordan Ovard put the Tigers in great field position with a 25-yard punt return.

Quarterback Jared Kenison set up the second Tiger touchdown with a 56-yard scramble after being forced from the pocket on a passing play. Kolt Clore busted up the middle on the next play and scored from 14 yards out. Andrew Andrews kicked the extra point for the final margin of victory.

Douglas head coach Mike Rippee was concerned with his team’s inability to execute consistently on offense, but he was very happy the defense was able to post the shutout.

“That front seven was outstanding, taking nothing away from my defensive backs,” Rippee said. “I thought Romaine (Smokey) and Billy (Brandstetter) played outstanding on the corners and did a great job. (Strong safety) Drew Hall did a great job and (free safety) Gabe did fine.

“But that front seven, with (linebackers Jake) Allsip and Suzy (Jason Porterfield) in the middle, there’s nobody better in the middle, and Kolt Clore. And those guys up front, Trevor (Johnson) did a good job, and (John) Hillenbrand did a good job, and (Dan) Bradshaw and Steve Castro and Mattie Wilcks came in did a great job.

“The thing we really, really have to do is get some guys better so that they can give these guys breathers. We have a lot of guys going both ways. Some of these other guys have to step up.”

Kenison led the Tigers with 92 yards of rushing on nine carries. Clore added 90 yards on 17 attempts and McCann finished with 70 yards on nine rushes.

The Douglas junior varsity defeated Fallon, 46-22, prior to the varsity game. Quarterback Luke Rippee, running back Evan Bill and receiver Craig Bell all had big games offensively, according to Douglas JV head coach Terry Hughes.

Blake Lister and Dan Molina led a solid defensive effort by the Tigers, Hughes said.

The Douglas freshman beat Fallon, 33-14, Thursday afternoon. Quarterback Brandon Huff completed long touchdown passes to Bryan Miller, Tommy Welton and Andy McIntosh to help seal the victory.