The Douglas County Tigers turned in a stellar ‘Senior Night’ performance on Friday to dominate the Campbell Spartans, 47-14. The win gives the Tigers a chance to control their destiny for a playoff spot with if they can get a victory in the final game of season next Friday.
The action got started with Douglas County losing a fumble on the first play of the game. Campbell scooped up the ball and returned it to the eight yard line. Two plays later, Douglas County inside linebacker Drake Battle intercepted the ball on the goal line and took it out to the 23. However the drive stalled and the Tigers were forced to punt.
On their second possession, the Spartans drove the ball down the field and scored a touchdown. An extra point made the score 7-0.
Douglas County took their third possession and marched to the end zone with strong runs from quarterback Malik Oliver and the touchdown run by Donovan Richardson with 5:23 left in the first quarter. The Tigers converted a two point play for an 8-7 lead.
DC’s Donovan Richardson electrified the crowd on the Tigers fourth possession with a 60 yard touchdown run. The Tigers failed on a 2-point try, keeping the score 14-7.
At 9:48 in the second quarter Oliver hit D’Ondre Glenn for a long pass down to the six yard line. Running back DJ Avery punched the ball in for the score. The Tigers kicked the extra point this time for a 21-7 lead.
On Campbell’s fifth possession, Avery intercepted a Campbell pass and ran into the end zone for a pick six. The Tigers missed a 2-point conversion leaving the score at 27-7.
Following a Spartan punt, Oliver ran the ball several times and then Avery scored his third touchdown of the half. A kicked extra point raised the Tiger lead to 34-7.
Campbell managed to break a long run on the ensuing drive and running back Chauncey Werah punched the ball in the end zone with three minutes left in the half, making the score 34-14.
The Spartans shanked a punt of their first possession of the second half giving the Tigers the ball at mid field. DC fed running back Brian Curd the ball on its next drive. Curd sliced the Spartan defense for a touchdown with 8:21 left in the third quarter. A missed extra point try had the Tigers up 40-14.
After both teams exchanged punts, Campbell turned the ball over on their third possession of the second half, giving the Tigers good field position at the 40 yard line. A blocking in the back penalty and a holding penalty stalled the Tiger drive, but the Spartans were called for a roughing the punter penalty. DC was a first down at the 25 yard line.
The Tigers took advantage of their lead at this point to get playing time for sophomore quarterback Deven Williams and some other players. Williams hit Josh Sparks with a pass down to the 9-yard line. Running back Pierre St. Brice took the ball in for the score with 7:27 remaining in the game. The extra point made the score 47-14.
Coach Jason Respert said following the game that he “was proud of his seniors who had worked so hard to put the team in a position to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.”
“The Pebblebrook game next week will be the biggest game we have had in a long time and we will be ready to play,” Respert added.