Last week, Douglas County junior running back Jose Astorga had to sit and watch as Ryan Misare rushed for 230 yards in a win over Arapahoe. Astorga was watching due to a severe migraine headache that did not allow him to play. This week, it was Astorga's turn to give the headaches. In a 36-6 win over Chaparral, Astorga ran all over the Wolverines for three scores. Douglas County started the scoring when QB Will Arnold hit receiver Tyler Jackson for a fifteen yard score. Chaparral countered with a run from Julian Jackson but, the two point conversion failed making it 7-6. Soon, Astorga would show he was feeling 100% as he took off on a ninety-six yard sprint for a score. With that, the Huskies were up 14-6 and would never look back. In the second quarter, Astorga added to his total with a fifty-three yard jaunt making it 21-6 at the half. Both teams struggled to get much going in the third but in the fourth Astorga scored once again and Douglas County defender Mitch Acsell took a pick in for a score bringing about the 36-6 final.
Thus far this season, it is a given that Douglas County can run the ball. Whether it is Astorga, Misare or Arnold with the ball, yards have come. Arnold's pass to Jackson for a score was an important example of potential future success for the Huskies. If Arnold can create consistent chemistry with receivers Tyler Jackson and Jeff Stevens watch out as opposing defenses are forced to pull players out of the box.
Astorga lit it up in his own personal track meet. Also, hats off to a Douglas County defense that has allowed nine points a game.