It was another rough outing for the Douglas Bulldogs, who suited up just 14 players for their Gila Regional game with the Amphi Panthers that took place Friday at Armando de Lucas Stadium.
Douglas lost the game 48-14 and finished with 12 players. Several times in the second half, the Bulldogs had zero subs on the bench; quarterback Trey Rose and kicker Joaquin Escalante were even being used on both offense and defense. Nine players were on the sidelines Friday night; some dealing with football related injuries, while others were not playing due to disciplinary reasons.
The Bulldogs struck first Friday when Rose hit Christian Estella for a 43-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter. Escalante’s extra point kick gave Douglas a brief 7-0 lead.
Amphi came back on its ensuing drive and scored, tying the game at 7.
The Panthers went on a 20-0 run in the second quarter, taking a 27-7 lead at the half. Two more third quarter scores increased Amphi’s lead to 41-7.
In the second quarter, junior Marcus Thomas left the game with an injury and would not return. In the third, Estrella left the game with an ankle sprain. He too, would not return. Jesus Berthely was also banged up in the third, but did manage to return after getting some treatment on the sidelines.
In the fourth, Rose hit Escalante for a TD pass and the successful extra point kick made the score 41-14.
Amphi managed to put up one more score before the game ended, handing Douglas its fourth consecutive loss.
The Bulldogs, 2-6 overall, 0-3 in region play, will play its final home game of the season this Friday night taking on Palo Verde at 7 p.m. at Armando de Lucas Stadium on what will be Senior Night for the DHS Seniors. Douglas’ closes out its season the following week with a road game at Rio Rico.