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Spanish Springs buries Douglas
by Dan Eckles
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs quarterback Hunter Fralick extends the football over the goal line during first-half action of the Cougars' 59-28 shellacking of Douglas.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs quarterback Hunter Fralick extends the football over the goal line during first-half action of the Cougars' 59-28 shellacking of Douglas.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS senior Ryder Lowry (#12) looks for open field after hauling in one of his seven catches. He finished with 125 receiving yards.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS senior Ryder Lowry (#12) looks for open field after hauling in one of his seven catches. He finished with 125 receiving yards.
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The Spanish Springs offense looked sloppy and far from sharp in a 20-6 lackluster win at Galena last weekend. It was anything but those two things a week later in a 59-28 home romp over traditionally tough Douglas.

The Cougars (4-1) torched the Tigers' defense for 549 yards in the lopsided affair, throwing for 345 and rushing for 204.

"We had really good balance," Spanish Springs coach Scott Hare said. "Yes I'm surprised with the coverages we're still seeing and just one safety a lot of times. The reason why is No. 5 has been hurt. He hasn't been 100 percent. This is really the first week he's been healthy since our opener. Now people are going to have to pick their poison."

No. 5 is Spanish Springs' quarterback Hunter Fralick. The talented junior carved up the Douglas secondary Friday night, completing 19-of-29 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown.

Fralick has been hampered by a sore ankle, suffered early in the first quarter of the Cougars' Week 2 win at Damonte. He missed the Cougars' next game at Inderkum of Sacramento -- the local school's only loss -- before returning a week ago at Galena.

"That definitely felt good," Fralick said. "We had a strong week of practice. We worked on the things that hurt us last week and we executed tonight."

Spanish Springs put on an offensive show, racking up 59 points with more than seven minutes still left in the fourth quarter en route to capturing the 31-point romp.

The Cougars blew out to a 38-14 halftime lead and did not let up in the third quarter. Fralick connected with Vance Lively on a 47-yard go route for a touchdown with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter. Lively caught eight balls for 152 yards.

Two plays later Douglas (3-2) answered with a 77-yard touchdown run by its all-league running back Conner Peterson. The big play saw the Tigers trim the Spanish Springs lead to 45-21, but it mattered little.

Spanish Springs was unfazed. The hosts needed just over two minutes to respond, getting a 13-yard touchdown run from CJ Carithers to forge ahead 52-21 with 4:23 left in the third.

After Douglas fumbled a snap on a punt try, Spanish Springs recovered at the DHS 20. The Cougars grabbed their biggest lead of the night two players later. That came on an 18-yard touchdown run by reserve tailback Richie Gonzales and left the scoreboard reading 59-21.

Peterson tacked on a late Douglas score with a 3-yard run in the final minutes, but it was way too little too late. Peterson finished with more than 170 yards rushing but most of that came in the second half when the game's fate was decided. He was held to only one yard before the half.

"Our defense played awesome," Hare said. "They had to pull out trick plays in the first quarter to score their first touchdown. Straight up football, our defense played great. I mean, Peterson had one yard at halftime. I don't care how much you pad your stats late."

The Cougars' defensive line gave Douglas fits as well. Spanish Springs had six sacks.

“Part of the problem was the pressure they put on (QB) Michael (Nolting),” Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said. “Our ability to protect him wasn’t good ... They just played better football. We just ran into a better football team."

The Cougars offensive fireworks started early. The SSHS gridders blew out to the 38-14 lead at halftime, rolling up 326 yards of offense in the first two quarters.

Douglas, which was set to get the opening kickoff of the second half, tried to hang around. The Tigers got a 35-yard touchdown from Nolting to Garrett Rice with 2:15 left in the second quarter to trim the SSHS lead to two scores, 28-14. However, it could not get into halftime at that margin.

That 2:15 left the hosts plenty of time to score, twice in fact. Spanish Springs needed just 55 seconds to snare its fifth touchdown of the first half, Fralick hit a streaking Ryder Lowry in the end zone for a 40-yard score with 1:20 still left before the break. Lowry finsihed his night with 125 yards on seven receptions.

After the SSHS defense held and forced Douglas to go three-and-out, the Cougars' offense got to go back to work. Douglas was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty on the punt return, giving Spanish Springs possession at the Tigers' 31-yard line. After three plays, the whistle blew concluding the first half, but not before Cougars kicker Henry Barrera booted a 25-yard field goal as time expired, accounting for the 24-point gap at the intermission.

The Cougars grabbed a 14-0 lead with a pair of first-quarter TDs. The first one came on a Carithers 5-yard touchdown run at the 7:10 mark of the first quarter and the second came when Fralick reached the pigskin over the goal line on a fourth-and-one play with 3:30 to go in the initial quarter.

Douglas scored on the first play of the second quarter, a 31-yard Dustin Fisher touchdown on a reverse. That made the score 14-7, but Spanish Springs answered on the following possession with a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Jeff Jurgensmeier, leaving the scoreboard to read 21-7 with 9:5 left before halftime.

Spanish Springs extended its lead to 28-7 when Fralick connected with Lively in the end zone on a slant for a 2-yard touchdown with 4:51 showing on the second quarter clock.

"It was a great win and it had everything to do with our scout team; and that's not just a plug for those guys," Hare said. "That's how hard they played against us in practice. It was nice to click on offense. Our tempo was good, but when we needed to make a change, we slowed down and executed correctly."

Spanish Springs is in action again Sept. 28 on the road against winless Hug.

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