Falcons cruise 35-6 at Sitka

Joe Ia eludes a Crimson Bears tackler last weekend. On Saturday the Falcons beat Sitka at Sitka 35-6.

The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons over powered the Sitka Wolves at Sitka on Saturday, winning by a score of 35-6 and allowing the only points against them when the game was well in hand.


“We didn’t look sharp by any means,” TMHS coach Bill Byouer said. “Defensively we were very strong. Our defense just shut them down.”

Using their One Team One Dream motto, the Falcons had Josh Tupou and Ben Jahn scoring two touchdowns apiece and Villi Tupou running for another as the Falcons had their way with Sitka.

Villi Tupou ran the ball five times for 86 yards, Jahn had eight carries for 12 yards and was 4-7 passing for 27 yards, and Josh Tupou ran the ball eight times for 41 yards

John Jolly hauled in two passes for 12 yards and ran three times for 27 yards, all in the first quarter. Joe Ia had three rushes for 29 yards, Chris Mack four rushes for 27 yards, Sam Bluett three rushes for 12 yards and one reception for eight yards.

Jahn also had 11 tackles, two sacks and one interception on defense, J. Tupou had five tackles and one sack, Ia had three tackles and two sacks, Mack had two tackles and one interception.

Mack’s interception is his fourth of the season, as he picked off three against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears in the season opening game.

“Chris Mack is just really coming together this year,” Byouer said. “With four interceptions and returning one back for a touchdown is pretty good. This kid is really stepping up.”

Mack returned an interception against Sitka 73 yards but was tackled near the goal line.

Byouer stated that Ben Jahn is playing tough on the outside.

“Our front line really penetrated well,” Byouer said. “They couldn’t get any runs on us. We have some work to be completed yet. We have fine tuned some areas.”

Defensively the Falcons need to work on not using arm tackles.

“We had some swarming tackles,” Byouer said. “We are getting in better shape and are moving forward.”

Thunder Mountain will host Ketchikan on Saturday and Kodiak the following week. The Kodiak series will be the Falcons Care - Military Game.

“I am calling on all the people in the community to support fellow Juneauite Thomas McRae who has been to several tours in Afghanistan,” Byouer said. “He lost both legs and got beat up pretty good. He’ll be at the game and we are donated the money from the game to help him build a new house. This community supports athletics and we need to show that we appreciate that and give back.”

Falcons Vs. Sitka, How They Scored:

First Quarter

TMHS - V. Tupou 70 run (2-pt conversion) 8-0

TMHS - B. Jahn 2 run (conversion fail) 14-0

Second Quarter

TMHS B. Jahn 1 run (conversion fail) 20-0

TMHS V. Tupou 2 run (kick good) 27-0

J. Tupou 4 run (conversion good) 35 -0

Third Quarter

SHS - Touchdown (no conversion) 35-6


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