Each week, it seems, the Douglas High football team gets a little closer to putting it all together at the right time.
Pitted against the 5-0 Galena Grizzlies in South Reno Friday night, the Tigers took another step forward but came up short late as Galena a pair of touchdowns in the final 12 minutes to a 27-7 win.
Through three quarters, Douglas kept Galena’s high-powered offense in check. Galena, which topped 38 points in all five of its previous games, found its rhythm late to push ahead for the win.
For the third consecutive week, Douglas saw a defensive struggle emerge during the first half.
Douglas’ Garet Rice recovered a fumble and Kyle Adams blocked a 26-yard field goal attempt before the Grizzlies eventually got on the board with a four-yard touchdown run from Ben Barnard.
Still, through the first half, Douglas limited Galena to 101 passing yards and just 54 rushing yards.
“I think our defense played exceptionally well,” Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said. “We lost some patience and focus late, but they played great football.”
The Grizzlies tacked on a touchdown on a fourth-and-8 from the Douglas 22 in the third quarter when quarterback Brock Raggio hooked up with Joshua Folkers on a pass play. Douglas’ Zach Kinder then blocked the point-after attempt.
Douglas turned the ball over on its next possession, but the Tigers promptly forced a Galena fumble which Dalton Grissel recovered at the Galena 18-yard line.
Five plays later, Nick Abreu got Douglas on the scoreboard with a four-yard touchdown run, cutting the score to 13-7.
Galena’s Barnard broke free for a 24-yard run on the next play from scrimmage, wwhich set up a 30-yard touchdown pass from Raggio to Folkers on the final play of the third quarter.
Douglas’ Andrew Jensen blocked the kick, leaving the score at 19-7.
“We’ve worked extremely hard on special teams this season, and things like that happen when you put the work in,” Monfiletto said.
Galena’s Barnard later punched a touchdown in from one yard out, and ran in the subsequent two-point conversion to set the score at its final.
Douglas dropped to 1-5 on the year and 0-1 in Sierra League play while Galena improved to 6-0, 1-0.
Nick Abreu ran for 54 yards in the loss, Bailey Vidaurri ran for 27 and Wes Hundley completed 14 of 17 passes for 93 yards.
AJ Pfaffenberger caught 6 passes for 50 yards, Taylor Souza caught four passes for 28 yards, Abreu caught a pair of passes for seven yards and Kaleb Foster caught a pass for nine yards.
“The offense moved the ball, but we just didn’t finish drives,” Monfiletto said. “The kids played hard. I’m real proud of their effort and what they were able to do against a real quality team.”
Douglas next travels to Damonte Ranch on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.