Douglas looking to ship Damonte Ranch

Aden Flory looks over his shoulder during a 44-yard reception against Reed last week. Flory received 173 yards in six games.
Photo by Ron Harpin.

After the last two games were moved, it’s back to the Friday night lights for Douglas High football.
After a 62-24 loss to Reed last Saturday, the Tigers are once again looking to slow down an opponent’s offense.
In the previous four contests, Douglas football is allowing an average of almost 46 points per game.
That makes Friday’s home game against Damonte Ranch all the more difficult, as the Mustangs just beat Reno High 38-7 last week.
It was also a season high in points for Damonte Ranch in the win over the Huskies, meaning the Mustangs offense is finding ways to succeed.


Players to watch
Although the Mustangs don’t have their latest updated stats online, there are definitely a few names Tiger football fans should look out for.
The first is senior defensive back Michael Venezia (No. 14), who is coming off a two-steal game last week in the win over Reno.
With four total interceptions on the year, Venezia is quickly showing Northern Nevada that getting started could lead to instant regret.
He also recorded two pass breakups and a forced fumble while averaging 5.5 tackles per game.
Fellow defenseman Braelen Toles (20) leads the Mustangs with four sacks so far this season and has 24 total tackles to go along with his six tackles for the loss.
As for the Mustang offense, Douglas will have to limit running back Cameron Rodriguez (35).
Douglas has given up more than 300 rushing yards in three of his last four games and while Rodriguez may not be the most prolific rusher in the North, statistically speaking, the Tigers need to slow down Damonte’s running game if they want to stay with the Mustangs.


Look to the Tigers
Douglas had 24 points in his loss to Reed last week, the second-highest point total this season for the Tigers.
Offensively, it’s no secret Douglas wants to control the game with his rushing offense as junior halfback Connor Jackson notched his fourth game of the season with at least 98 yards rushing.
Last week on defense, Grant Gomes and Aaron Tekansik led Douglas with nine and eight tackles, respectively.
If Douglas wants to get back into the win column on Friday, the Tigers will have to limit big plays and keep the Mustangs from putting up fast-paced, shifting workouts.


Classification 5A North
(League, overall)
B. Manogue 4-0, 4-2
Galena 2-0, 5-1
Reed 3-1, 4-2
Sp. Springs 1-1, 2-4
D. Ranch 1-1, 1-4
Reno 1-2, 3-3
McQueen 1-2, 2-4
Carson 0-3, 1-5
Douglas 0-3, 1-5

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