NOGALES – The Douglas Bulldogs fell to 0-3 Friday night following a 42-21 loss to a Nogales team that had been 0-2 going into the game.
The Bulldogs took the opening drive of the game and drove down to the 11 before missing a field goal that would have given them the early lead.
Nogales came back on its ensuing drive and marched down to Douglas’ 13 before fumbling the ball back over to Douglas.
Bulldog quarterback Blaze Rose then directed the Douglas offense downfield and capped it off with a 12 yard scoring strike to Fernando Chacon. Martin Moreno’s extra point gave Douglas a 7-0 lead.
Seconds into the second quarter Nogales scored and tied the game. Following a quick three and out by Douglas the Apaches struck on its next series scoring on a 60-yard run taking a 14-7 lead.
Rose and Chacon hooked up again this time on a 50-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing drive knotting the game at 14-14.
Nogales would score twice in less than two minutes breaking the 14-14 tie and taking a 28-14 lead at the half.
Rose hit Carlos Estrada on an 11-yard TD pass on Douglas’ first possession of the second half pulling the Dogs within seven.
The Apaches scored twice in the fourth quarter coming away with a 21 point win while handing Douglas its third straight loss.
The final quarter was marred by a fight between the two teams which resulted in the ejection of a Nogales player.
According to the Nogales International, the Douglas Dispatch’s “sister” paper, with 9:25 left in the game, and Nogales up 35-21 tensions skyrocketed when a fight broke out that forced coaches, officials and school administrators to separate the two squads on the field.
The altercation initially broke out between Nogales sophomore quarterback Ricky Paredes and an unidentified Douglas player.
During the skirmish and scrum that ensued, Nogales’ Jorge Watson was also visibly seen in an altercation that resulted in an injured Douglas player, identified Saturday as Jorge Hernandez. It is not clear, though, who caused Hernandez’ injury.
Douglas’ head coach Riki Valdez said Hernandez was trying to separate players after the skirmish started.
“He was slammed to the ground and our film guy stopped the film after the play like he is supposed to and did not get the whole incident on tape,” Valdez said. “I do not see (Jorge) getting kicked so I think the injury resulted from being slammed onto the ground and being landed on by one of Nogales’ big offensive lineman which you can see on the film.”
Valdez said a pre-evaluation from Douglas trainer Mitch Nelson’s suggested Hernandez might possibly have a broken rib but Jorge will need x-rays to be certain.
“Based on what I can see on film I do not see anything that would allow assault charges to be filed,” the coach said Saturday
On Friday, Valdez had told the Nogales International “we’ll file the assault charges and let the police deal with it.”
Penalties on each side were assessed and Paredes was ejected from the game, and will at least miss this Friday’s home game against visiting Cholla, Nogales skipper Kevin Kuhm said.
“With a broken rib, that’s uncalled for,” Coach Valdez said. “
“That incident left a sour taste in my mouth,” Kuhm added, “because our kids know better than that, and we’re going to use this as a learning experience. It is a young man who got into an incident and didn’t react the way we coach our student-athletes to react.”
He also called it “a teachable moment,” and added, “we’re going to make sure this doesn’t happen again here.”
Nogales High Athletic Director Tim Colgate was also asked to address the incident after the game. He said, “My only comment is that’s not the way that we play the game, and we try to make sure we’re above board and play with sportsmanship all the time,” Colgate said. “Unfortunately, these things happen in the heat of the battle, and our kids just have to make this a learning experience, and know that we can’t do this; can’t act this way.”
Douglas had 275 yards in total offense with 211 coming through the air and 65 on the ground.
Rose was 12 of 24 in passing for 211 yards and 3 TD’s. Chacon had 5 receptions for 133 yards and 2 TD’s; Jesus Cisneros 3 for 35; Victor Varela 3 for 33 and Carlos Estrada 1 for 10 with a TD.
Rushing, Aaron Mahtapene 3 carries for 9 yards; Miguel Vasquez 6 carries for 24 yards; Varela 10 carries for 31 yards; Rose 7 carries for 5 yards and Mark Arvizu 1 carry for minus 4 yards
Douglas is on the road for the third straight week this Friday taking on a 1-2 Walden Grove team that is coming off their first win of the season after beating Empire.
The Bulldogs return home Sept. 26 to take on a Buena Colt team that is still looking for its first win of the season.