Our Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week is staying true to its name this week as Douglas pays a visit to Carson, a rivalry that dates back almost a century. The two teams have been playing each other in football since 1923.
“We’re excited at the opportunity to play Carson High School,” Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said. “I’ve been a part of this rivalry for 25 years, so I’ve only been here for about a third of it. Every year, both cities get riled up about playing and it doesn’t matter about the record, it matters who shows up to play and who wants it more. So we’re excited about getting to play Carson and we’re looking for three in a row.”
The Tigers are coming off a win against Reno last week and sit at 2-2 while the Senators are still looking for their first win at 0-3. However, Carson coach Blair Roman said despite those losses, the rivalry battle can cause for records to be forgotten.
“I’ve been in a lot of games with Douglas over the years as head coach and as an assistant where you literally can throw the records at,” Roman said. “It’s unlike any rivalry in that sense. Hopefully that’s what we see on Friday and a real, real competitive game.”
Roman has a long history with the rivalry as he played for Douglas in the mid-80s. His father was a long-time football, basketball and baseball coach for the Tigers with the school's football field being named after him. But the younger Roman has made his name at Carson, where he's been the head coach since 2008, making him the longest consecutively tenured coach at one school in Northern Nevada's large-class division.
“I’ve been on both sides of it and I try to enjoy being on both sides of it,” Roman said. “I think I bring a bit of a unique perspective in that way. And it’s a pretty special thing. To have a rivalry like that and to be a part of it for so long is pretty neat.”
Monfiletto is looking forward to the showdown and getting his team prepared for the Senators to bring their best effort despite their winless record.
“I think they play solid defense, and I think they run the ball well," he said. "To be honest ... they’re gonna greet us with their best effort. And we should expect nothing less than that opportunity to play them. I think Carson’s prepared. I know Coach Roman does a great job with that program, and I think they’ve got multiple threats that we’re gonna have to take care of.”
Both coaches add that while this year has been an unusual one, they’re thankful to see the tremendous growth in their team.
“I’m most proud of the journey these young men have been on,” Monfiletto said. “They’ve been together since June 29. They’ve been through Zoom meetings, god forbid anybody should have to sit through a Zoom meeting with me multiple times, but they did it. And they did it all spring long. Then they spent nine weeks together all through fall. We took a break and then we came back out in January, so these kids have really grinded through this COVID issue and the kids that were survivors stuck it out. I couldn’t be more proud of them. I just think their attitudes have been unbelievable.”
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Friday on NSN and will be available via stream on NSN's watch tab.
Full prep football schedule
Friday: McQueen (3-1) at Reno (1-2), 5:15 p.m.; Reed (2-1) at Spanish Springs (2-2), 6 p.m.; Douglas (2-2) at Carson (0-3), 6 p.m.; Sparks (1-2) at North Valleys (2-2), 6 p.m.; Hug (1-0) at Wooster (0-2), 6 p.m.; Amador (1-0) at South Tahoe (3-0), 5 p.m.
Saturday: Incline (2-1) at Battle Mountain (1-2), 6 p.m.; North Tahoe (1-0) at Coral Academy of Science (1-2), 6:30 p.m.; Spring Creek (2-1) at Elko (1-3), 3 p.m.; Lowry (2-2) at Churchill County (3-0), 3 p.m.; Bear River (2-1) at Truckee (1-2), 1:30 p.m.