One football program is riding a wave of successful large school seasons, the other football program is still trying to get established in the medium school ranks. Unfortunately, both shared the same field for their opening games in the 2013 Southeastern Conference and the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears put up 63 points before halftime while limiting the Ketchikan Kings to just six.
“I give Ketchikan credit,” Juneau-Douglas head coach Rich Sjoroos said. “They came out with a ton of energy.”
The Crimson Bears also were energized as senior Demetrius Campos ran the opening kick off back 85 yards for a touchdown and classmate George Sua converted a run for two extra points.
The Kings did not get deflated on that first Crimson Bears score but instead fired back with one of their own.
Ketchikan’s Conner Hicks ran up the middle and got lose for 87 yards and the only points for the Kings on their home field.
“They came out with some fire and a lot of enthusiasm,” Sjoroos said. “Eventually we were able to impose our will on them and get some scores and got some stops. Things kind of snowballed from there. They definitely laid some good hits on us today, but our kids played well and we definitely controlled the game. It was a good opener.”
JDHS, ranked third in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting preseason poll, eased off the Kings after the first quarter.
In the second half JDHS ran dive plays and gave different players a chance to touch the ball. Eleven Crimson Bears had a turn at running back, most will not find themselves in the backfield as the season progresses.
“The first quarter we went all out,” Sjoroos said. “We had our guns blazing.”
Junior Dorian Isaak completed five passes for 113-yards and ran for 80 more, tallying four touchdowns.
Sjoroos credited senior Dartanan Campos with a great all-around game, calming down the defense with great tackles in the first half and playing quarterback in the second half. Campos also intercepted a pass for a touchdown.
“He played with great composure and had a nice calming affect on every body out there,” Sjoroos said.
JD Hudson was noted for an outstanding defensive presence as well as getting a few carries at fullback. Hudson was removed from the game with a leg injury and will be examined in Juneau.
JDHS traveled with 22 players and left their freshmen and sophomores to play against the Thunder Mountain JV team.
“We did have a lot of jitters,” Sjoroos said. “Regardless of who you are playing it is the first game with referees, a chain gang, scoreboard and pregame.”
Sjoroos also noted the extreme difference in travel as this was the first ferry trip for the Crimson Bears in many seasons. Prior conference action required air travel.
“We left Thursday night for a Saturday afternoon game and now we are on the ferry heading home,” Sjoroos said. “We went right from the game to the ferry, wearing our football gear. Straight to the ferry terminal and on board.”
JDHS next plays Viewpoint, California, on Friday at 8 p.m. Viewpoint will also play Thunder Mountain this Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Crimson Bears 63, Kings 6
(stats provided by Ketchikan Daily News)
Juneau-Douglas (1-0) 42, 21, 0, 0 — 63
Ketchikan (0-1) 6, 0, 0, 0 — 6
JD — Demetrius Campos 85 kickoff return (George Sua run)
K — Conner Hicks 87 run (run failed)
JD — Sua 9 run (kick failed)
JD — Dorian Isaak 14 run (run failed)
JD — Kris Hill 20 pass from Isaak (Sua run)
JD — Sua 7 run (Manase Maake kick)
JD — Brady Mallinger 5 pass from Isaak (Maake kick)
JD — Demetrius Campos 60 pass from Isaak (run failed)
JD — Dartanan Campos 36 interception return (run failed)
JD — Safety (Hicks tackled in end zone)
JD — Jake Hamilton 4 run (Maake kick)
Rushing — Juneau-Douglas, Isaak 6-80-1, Maake 4-34, Demetrius Campos 1-28, Mallinger 2-27, Sua 3-27-2, Nordgren 2-12, Tupou 1-10, Hudson 1-3, Dartanan Campos 2-3, Hamilton 4-(-1)-1; Kayhi, Hicks 16-96-1, McLaren 1-3, Fousel 3-(-12), Covault 5-(-20).
Passing (comp., att., yds., tds., ints.) — Juneau-Douglas, Isaak 5-8-113-3-0; Kayhi, Covault 1-4-5-0-0, Hicks 0-3-0-0-1.
Receiving — Juneau-Douglas, Demetrius Campos 1-60-1, Hill 2-38-1, Dartanan Campos 1-10, Mallinger 1-5-1; Kayhi, Hicks 1-5.
Preseason ASBN Football Poll:
Medium Schools - 1. North Pole, 2. Soldotna, 3. JDHS, 4. Homer, 5. Kodiak (others receiving votes Eielson, Thunder Mountain). Large Schools - 1. South, 2. Palmer, 3. Service, 4. Colony, 5. East (others receiving votes West, West Valley).