The Douglas Bulldogs and their first-year head coach, Hunter Long, closed out the football season Friday night falling 48-13 to the Rio Rico Hawks.
It was senior night at Rio Rico and the Hawks honored 19 seniors prior to the game. Meanwhile, Douglas who has been plagued by injuries all season, suited up just 21 players for the game.
Things got off to a rough start for Douglas when the Bulldogs attempted an onside kick to start the game. The ball did not travel the required 10-yards needed before the kicking team can recover it and possession was awarded to Rio Rico.
The first play from scrimmage, the Hawks completed a screen pass for a touchdown and led 7-0 seconds into the game.
The Hawks then attempted an onside kick when they kicked off after the score, which they managed to recover. Three plays later, Rio Rico was back in the endzone and led 14-0, two and a half minutes into the game.
Rio Rico went on to lead 21-0, at the end of the first quarter and 28-0 at the half.
Two more scores in the third padded the Hawks lead to 41-0.
Douglas finally got on the board in the fourth when quarterback Trey Rose, playing his last game in a Bulldog uniform, hit fellow senior Christian Estrella for a score.
Rio Rico ran the ensuing kickoff back 90-yards for a score taking a 48-7 lead.
Late in the game Rose and Estrella hooked up again for a touchdown in what would be Douglas’ last of the 2019 season.
The Bulldogs end the year 3-7 overall, 1-4 in region play.