A night of firsts for the Scots
Josh Dill wins his debut at David Douglas with a blocked punt giving the Scots the upper hand
David Douglas senior Joel Carreon was playing his first-ever high school football game Friday night, but even he knew what to do when he spotted a loose ball spinning all alone in the corner of the end zone. The 6-foot tall defensive end reached down and picked it up for six points, setting the stage for the Scots' 44-20 season-opening win over Aloha.
Here it is his first game ever and he scores the team's first touchdown of the season, said Josh Dill, who was making his head coaching debut with David Douglas.
The team were locked in a defensive stalemate when the touchdown opportunity presented itself late in the first half. Aloha found itself facing 3rd-and-long pinned inside its own 10-yard line. The Warriors looked to catch David Douglas by surprise with a quick punt, but the Scots would not be caught off guard. Coaches shouted warnings from the sideline, and linebacker Robert Tuitavake slipped to his left and dashed between a pair of bulky lineman. He flashed into the backfield just as Aloha QB Aaron Powers started his kick.
The ball thudded into the rusher's chest and squirted to the corner of the end zone where Carreon was easily the first player to it to boost the Scots' to a 10-0 lead.
It's one of those spots where you don't want to do anything stupid, but you want to put pressure on that was a huge play, Dill said.
David Douglas maintained its lead when Collin Patterson scored on an 18-yard swing pass in the third quarter and added a 36-yard touchdown run in the fourth. The Scots produced 27 points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
The Scots moved into the lead early in the second quarter when QB Noah Bitter tossed a middle screen to Sam Toloke, who turned it upfield for a 24-yard gain. Bitter put the ball into the air again on the next snap a deep ball down the right sideline that resulted in a Warriors pass interference penalty.
That got David Douglas close enough for kicker Christian Navarro to boot a 30-yard field goal from the right hashmark.
The defense had to hold us tight, until we could figure some things out, Dill said. In the second half our O-line made some adjustments and started to wear them down.
Safety Damien Ventura led the defensive effort by picking off three passes.
David Douglas travels to Roseburg for its next game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.