The driest the football ever was on Saturday night at Adair Kennedy Field was when Juneau-Douglas junior running back Demetrius Campos took the first play from scrimmage at the Crimson Bears’ 33 yard line and scampered 67 yards for a touchdown, and a lead the home team would never relinquish.
The two-point conversion failed and Jackson Lehnhart put the kick off so far into the end zone that it nearly hit the ceremonial cannon. The JDHS defense held Lathrop on the Malemutes first series. Then the rain came into play as JDHS’ Bill Palmer lost the ball and Lathrop’s Cole Foster recovered.
Foster appeared to be rumbling to a touchdown until Crimson Bears receiver Brian Brassfield made a saving tackle.
Lathrop would fumble on the next play at the JDHS 24 yard line, but the Crimson Bears gave it right back on the 37 as Foster fell on another miscue.
JDHS had five penalties in the game for 40 yards and three turnovers. Lathrop matched the Crimson Bears in penalty yards but threw three interceptions to accompany their two fumbles.
JDHS’ Dorian Isaak was just 3-11 for 74 yards and one interception. The weather forced the Crimson Bears ground game to keep the ball and Campos had just five carries but put up 115 yards and one touchdown. Trey Williams had 14 carries for 71 yards and scored on a six-yard run mid-way through the second quarter to push the Crimson Bears to a 12-6 lead. Lehnhart added the extra point. Palmer had eight carries for 27 yards and lost two fumbles; Isaak carried six times for 17 yards and lost one fumble; and Stephan Jones carried five times for 36 yards and the final score of the game in the fourth quarter on a quarterback sneak.
The Crimson Bears put up 266 total rushing yards.
Lathrop’s Kaelen Lee carried 14 times for 107 yards (1 TD, 1 fumble); Gabe Cunningham had 12 carries for 25 yards (5 fumbles); Hunter Desmond four carries for 18 yards; and Daniel McCoy two carries for 15 yards.
Lee also had two receptions for 32 yards and Derrick O’Neal caught two for 20 yards (1 fumble). Cunningham completed four of eight passes for 52 yards with three interceptions.
How They Scored First Quarter -11:42 - Campos 67 yard TD run (2 pt failed) JDHS 6 - LHS 0. 6:48 - # 1 63 yard TD run (2 pt Conv failed) JDHS 6 - LHS 6 Second Quarter- 7:41 - Williams 6 yard TD run (Lehnhart kick) JDHS 13 - LHS 6. Third Quarter- 3:07 - Lehnhart 23 yard Field Goal JDHS 16 - LHS 6; Fourth Quarter -1:51 - Jones 22 yard TD run (Lehnhart kick) JDHS 23 - LHS 6