MINDEN, Nev. — Douglas struck first, but Damonte Ranch roared back to claim a 47-21 win in Minden Thursday night.
Still, the Tigers clinched a playoff spot thanks to Manogue’s 21-10 win over Galena Thursday. Galena is winless in Sierra League play heading into its final game (against Damonte next Friday). Douglas holds the tiebreaker over the Grizzlies thanks to a 14-12 win over them two weeks ago. Carson, Damonte Ranch and Manogue are also in the playoffs.
Against Damonte, Douglas got on the board when Nick Abreu intercepted a pass late in the first half and returned it 63 yards for the touchdown.
The lead was short lived, however, as Damonte’s Cameron Sandoval returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, tying the score at 7.
Cody Ball and Tre Jackson each picked off passes to stop Damonte drives, but Douglas’ offense struggled to find a rhythm, and the Mustangs tacked on two more touchdowns for the 21-7 lead.
Douglas quarterback Bryce James found Tomas Leitenbauer wide open deep down the field for a 57-yard touchdown pass with 2:38 remaining in the first half, cutting the score to 21-14.
Damonte Ranch came right back again, though, returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and the 28-14 lead.
The Tigers would get no closer as Damonte rattled off three more scores before Bryce James punched in a keeper with 8:57 remaining in the game.
Douglas fell to 1-2 in Sierra League play with the loss and will close out its regular season at Carson Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
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