#2 ranked Douglas County remained unbeaten as they defeated league foe Rangeview 48-36. In the first quarter, Rangeview gained confidence when big Ranger QB M.J. McPeek ran the ball in for the only score of the quarter. The Raiders failed to convert making it 6-0. In the second quarter, Douglas County got its ground game going as senior running back Ryan Misare scored twice to put the Huskies up 14-6 going in at the half.
The offensive explosion that led to the 48-36 final score began in the third quarter as McPeek once again ran in a score for Rangeview. The Raiders added a two-point conversion to knot things up. Douglas County took this as a cue to start the jets as junior running back Jose Astorga ran for two touchdowns. Add in a fumble recovery and score from Husky DB Tyler Jackson and two field goals from Gabe Romano and when the dust settled, Douglas County was up 41-14.
The fourth quarter started where the third left off as Jose Astorga scored his third touchdown of the night and fifth over the past two weeks, making it 48-14. Feeling comfortable with a thirty-four point fourth quarter lead, Douglas County began to work some of their second team players, Rangeview exploited this opportunity to score twenty-one points and make it an interesting 48-36 final. Next up for Douglas County is 0-4 Regis, while Rangeview travels to undefeated Mountain Vista.
Rangeview is a talented squad with multiple playmakers. McPeek and his cohort of Matthew Harrison and receiver Dominic Gunn can make plays as evidenced by the thirty-six points posted against a good Douglas County defense. The problem is Rangeview has yet to cash in on this talent as they sit with a 1-3 record. A win over Mountain Vista could be what it takes to get things rolling. Douglas County once again rolled in the run game but took a quarter to get things going. The Huskies are a squad that thinks in terms of championships and if they want to make a playoff run the offense cannot take quarters off.
Tyler Jackson showed why teams do not throw to his side of the field. The talented corner had three picks and a fumble recovery for a score. Jose Astorga took off for three touchdown runs and in three games played this season, has rushed for just under 500 yards and scored seven times. All of this while sharing carries with QB Will Arnold and fellow RB Ryan Misare.