One week after falling victim to all-purpose North Pole quarterback Moo Rogers and the Patriots by the score of 46-27, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears will face another duel threat tonight when they play Railbelt Conference foe Colony, at Colony.
Rogers completed 9 of 22 passes for 227 yards, 1 touchdown pass and 1 interception. He also carried the ball 14 times for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns, amassing a combined total of 392 yards in the Patriots win.
Colony Knights quarterback Rob Lorentz was 15-31 passing with 1 INT for 226 yards and 4 TDs. Lorentz carried the ball 7 times for 20 yards, totaling 246 yards in a 39-20 win at Wasilla last weekend.
“I am licking my wounds,” JDHS coach Rich Sjoroos said. “North Pole’s defense did a nice job of not letting anybody get anything after the catch.”
The Crimson Bears completed 17 passes against North Pole, the same as the previous week against Wasilla, but the Patriots limited JDHS to just 147 passing yards as opposed to the 398 the Warriors allowed. JDHS did get a total of 330 yards, averaging 5 yards per play. They also had 5 turnovers, but no sacks allowed.
The majority of the North Pole offensive drives started at the 10-20 yard line, a testament to the Crimson Bears kicking game and coverage but the Patriots proved to be stronger in numbers.
The depth of North Pole was evident in the fact that just one Patriot, lineman and defensive end Aaron Betts, played both offense and defense.
The Colony Knights will have no players going both ways.
Another factor in the North Pole game was the increased number of plays ran. According to Sjoroos, a typical game will have 100 plays whereas last weekend’s featured 135.
“We need to control the tempo,” Sjoroos said. “Especially since we are lower in personnel numbers, we need to limit the number of plays we defend. But fatigue hasn’t really been an issue. These kids grew up in the youth leagues playing both ways, they know how to play Iron Man football.”
Colony boasts two tall receivers in Daniel Bilafer and Antonio Bush, each caught a pair of touch down passes last weekend. They also feature running backs Wyatt Peltier and Bryce Niver.
The Colony Knights graduated just one player from last season and, like North Pole, they took their lumps last season, losing to JDHS 65-0 at Adair Kennedy Field.
“They will be extremely motivated when we come rolling into town,” Sjoroos said. “The big challenge for us is to get up off the mat right now and see what we are made of, regardless of who we play. We have to see how we will handle adversity. This is a pivotal game for us, we have an opportunity to get right back into the upper tier of the conference.”
Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m., no radio coverage has been announced.