Falcons Football First Home Game of Season 2017

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Thunder Mountain's Steven Rosales tackles Kodiak's Isaiah Galindez for a loss at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Hansel Hinckle make a catch between Kodiak's Joel Francisco, left, and Isaiah Galindez at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Jacob Tapia attempts to catch a pass in the endzone against Kodiak at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Roy Tupou is tackled by Kodiak's Hamo Sega at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Hansel Hinckle is chased by Kodiak's Jherome LaDera at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Jacob Tapia knocks a pass away from Kodiak's Walter Brewer at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Jacob Tapia runs against Kodiak at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Steven Rosales, right, pressures Kodiak's quarterback Dosey Berry's throw at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Caleb Traxler returns an interception against Kodiak at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain fourth down kick against Kodiak at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Hansel Hinckle runs for a big gain in the first quarter against Kodiak at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Roy Tupou attempts to block a pass by Kodiak's quarterback Dosey Berry at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's quarterback Owen Mendoza is sacked by Kodiak's Mica Hartel at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's quarterback Owen Mendoza, center, runs behind blockers Caleb Traxler, left, and Roy Tupou against Kodiak's at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Roy Tupou makes a one-hand interception against Kodiak at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Gaven Smith sacks Kodiak's quarterback Dosey Berry at TMHS on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. TMHS won 14-7.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

Description

Kodiak was down seven points and a QB before some fans even made it to their seats Friday night.

And yet, thanks in part to a big fourth quarter by Kodiak’s Joel Francisco, the Bears had a chance to tie Thunder Mountain High School with under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter at a drier-than-expected TMHS field.

Francisco, who scored a touchdown on the proceeding possession, intercepted a pass along the left sideline. The Bears didn’t find much yardage after that, however, and the 14-7 score in favor of the Falcons was preserved. TMHS sacked backup quarterback Dosey Berry on back-to-back downs to force one final punt.

“It’s the backbone of this team right now,” TMHS coach Randy Quinto said about the defense. “Coach Derek (Loftstrom) has got these guys flying around and doing a really good job.”

Read more here: http://juneauempire.com/sports/2017-08-19/thunder-mountain-defense-negates-kodiak-upset

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