Last week didn’t go as planned for the Douglas Tigers.
Douglas Varsity Football lost to the 3-0 Reno Huskies 49-21 last Friday at Keith Roman Field. Now, the Tigers have to right their 2-1 ship against the highly explosive Elijah Tau-Tolliver and the 2-0 Reed Raiders from Sparks. It is a daunting task, but at least the Tigers have the home-field advantage again.
The Tigers will look to get back to their winning ways tonight in the Northern 4A. Coach Ernie Monfiletto will surely have his boys focused on cutting down on turnovers. The fumbles and interceptions cost them severely against last week’s opponent, the Reno Huskies, but hadn’t been a factor in their two earlier wins.
The Reed Raiders come into the match-up leading slightly in most statistical categories. Tau-Tolliver has become an offensive threat that other schools have to worry about. He is averaging close to 200 yards a game. The Tigers can’t allow him to run free like Reno’s Drue Worthen did last week.
Douglas counters the Raiders with a more balanced attack in sophomore quarterback Isaac Shaver, who is gaining valuable playing time as he leads the Tigers. The young Shaver will look to Trevor Kruger to provide some offensive fireworks so he can have time to throw. The junior running back has provided close to 140 yards a game so far for the Tigers.
The Tigers’ plan is to get the win tonight in a series that has been fairly split in the past despite Reed’s dominance in Northern 4 A football. Reed hopes to upset that plan. Douglas then heads off to Spanish Springs next week for their last non-Sierra league conference game.