Spanish Springs fleet-footed senior return man Austin Rauh returned a kickoff 98 yards and that got the Cougars and Tigers into a 7-7 deadlock at the 11:28 mark of the second quarter.
That was the beginning of the end for the visiting Cougars. Unfortunately for the SSHS gridders, Douglas scored less than a minute later. Ryen Ake rambled into the end zone from 11 yards out and the Tigers went up 14-7 with 11:05 to go before halftime.
Douglas was just getting warmed up. With 6:46 to go before the break, the Tigers got a 74-yard touchdown run from Connor Peterson.
Douglas also got a 24-yard field goal from Nate Vonhasen and a 42-yard Ake TD run, after a fake punt, in the final three minutes of the first half.
The Minden school had a 31-7 lead at the intermission and was not about to let up.
“It just spiraled away from us,” Spanish Springs coach Scott Hare said. “One little thing here, one little thing there and then Douglas took advantage and ran away. The next thing you know it was 31-7.”
Douglas recorded its second defensive touchdown of the conference clash, when Shane Connelly dove on a Spanish Springs fumble near its own goal line and it was good for a touchdown, helping the Tigers forge ahead 38-7.
Another Ake touchdown run, this time from seven yards out, lifted Douglas (4-4) into a 44-7 lead.
It went from bad to worse for Spanish Springs. The Cougars fumbled the following kickoff. Six plays later, Peterson got a 9-yard scoring scamper making the scoreboard read 51-7 with eight minutes still remaining in the contest.
Spanish Springs did tack on a late touchdown when Nicky Von Nolde hit Justin Watson from three yards away, accounting for the final 51-14 margin.
The loss was the third straight for Spanish Springs (5-3). The reeling Cougars will try to get back on track Thursday in their regular season finale at Reed. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
“This looked a lot like Manogue-Reed,” Hare said of Manogue's surprising one-sided romp over Reed earlier in the month. “I was watching that saying this is not who Reed is. Manogue is not 41-14 better than Reed and Douglas is not 51-14 better than us.
“I think right now, the league is so tough week in and week out. It's hard to stay up every single week. We just didn't have it tonight. Once it spiraled and kept going and we kept making more and more blunders.”