The Reed football team started the playoffs the way it started the season, with strong play from both its offense and defense.
The Raiders used that consistency to beat Douglas, 55-7, to open the Division I North Region playoffs Friday at Reed.
Reed (9-1) covered Douglas’ opening onside kickoff and used the good field position to mount a nine-play scoring drive.
On the next series, Reed’s defense was able to control the line of scrimmage and forced Douglas (2-8) to punt on a three-and-out.
The momentum continued in Reed’s favor for the remainder of the game. Still, Douglas played the game tough using a loaded box to try and control Reed’s rushing attack.
“We came into the game with the attitude that we could win,” Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto said. “Reed is an outstanding team. Our hats are off to them. But the guys on my team have great character. They are great young men, and they did not give up.”
Douglas had an opportunity to score on a punt that hit a Reed blocker in the helmet, however the Tigers fumbled on the 5-yard line, which Reed recovered.
Staying patient throughout the game, Reed played a balanced run game led by running back Jordan DeLeon, who had 214 yards. The Raiders also had 168 passing yards.
“Douglas was really crowding the box,” Reed’s wide receiver Wade Eiler said. “We were able to bounce the runs to the outside and get the passes to the outside routes.”
Both sides had big plays in the game.
Douglas kick returner AJ Pfaffenberger returned a 90-yard kickoff to put the Tigers on the board.
Reed’s big plays came from DeLeon, who took an 83-yard run in for a score. Additionally, Raiders quarterback Chris Denn took a keeper down the field for a 75-yard touchdown.
Reed’s defense helped, as well, by forcing a fumble when it punched the ball out on a quarterback scramble and Reed recovered on the 49-yard line.
Reed ended with 662 total yards. The Raiders gained most of their yards by rushing for 494 yards on 44 carries.