Sp. Springs 51, Douglas 27: Cougars run wild for big win

Sp. Springs 51, Douglas 27: Cougars run wild for big win

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Sp. Springs 51, Douglas 27: Cougars run wild for big win

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Spanish Springs’ Gabby Ordaz cuts back against the Douglas defense on Friday.

Spanish Springs’ Gabby Ordaz cuts back against the Douglas defense on Friday.

Spanish Springs put on an offensive display Friday night that would have made many NFL offensive coordinators happy..

In a non-league game, the Cougars made an emphatic statement that they plan on competing in the High Desert League. Thanks to a 35-7 outburst in the first quarter, Spanish Springs eventually ran past Douglas, 51-27.

Running back Gabby Ordaz scored three touchdowns in the first half and the versatile offense of the Cougars ran roughshod over the visiting Tigers (1-2). Dawson Coman of Douglas made it interesting with two electric kickoff return touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Cougars (1-1).

The Cougars wasted no time, as Ordaz took the opening kick 74 yards for a score. Following a Douglas three-and-out, the Spanish Springs offense, through Ordaz, found the end zone on a 24-yard scamper.

The Tigers again stalled on their next possession and Spanish Springs capitalized, this time by way of a 10-yard bootleg pass from quarterback Korbin Marcum to fullback Casey Preston.

Down by 21, Douglas answered with an 89-yard kickoff return touchdown by Dawson Coman to pull within 14. Not to be outdone, Ordaz continued his phenomenal night with an 80-yard kickoff return score of his own.

The onslaught continued on the next possession, as Douglas quarterback Hunter Hickey was intercepted by Austin Cadenhead for a 32-yard pick-6.

And this was all in the first quarter.

“It’s been a long time since there’s been that much electricity right away, but we’ll take it any day of the week,” Spanish Springs coach Eric Borja said. “After we lost last week, it was our goal to play a complete game and get a hot start, so I think we accomplished those two things.”

Following another unsuccessful Douglas drive, Marcum found Cadenhead in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown to bring the score to 41-7. With the largest deficit of the night in front of them, the Tigers answered on the following kickoff, with Coman taking the return 80 yards to the end zone.

After a calmer third quarter, Spanish Springs found its scoring touch again in the fourth, putting up points within the first three minutes. Following a 39-yard pass from Marcum to running back Cole Drescher, Preston found the end zone with a 2-yard rushing score.

The teams traded field position for most of the final quarter, with Douglas running back Dakota Lowden reaching the end zone with a bruising 86-yard score.

“Our team has a little confidence and little chip on their shoulders, but I would say it was our preparation that really showed tonight,” the Cougars’ Marcum said.

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