A lot of firsts happened for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team as they ran over, through and around the visiting North Pole Patriots in what was supposed to be a remembrance of their Railbelt games, and instead turned into a Southeast downpour battle.
The Crimson Bears scored on their first play from scrimmage, intercepted North Pole’s first play from scrimmage, and scored on the ensuing first play from scrimmage.
Demetrius Campos ran 40 yards for a touchdown, Kris Hill intercepted North Pole’s Mitchell Martinez, and Campos again broke a 53-yard run for a score.
JDHS opened a 20-0 lead before they made a glaring defensive mistake and allowed the Patriots to waltz in on a fourth and long pass with under two-minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Patriots’ Lane Boneham caught a 26-yard pass from Martinez.
“If there was ever the battle cry for zero-zero it is now,” JDHS head coach Rich Sjoroos said at halftime. “We have to come out and play hard. The shock and awe is over. We came out with a different offense this week and we had them on their heels early on. Obviously they weren’t prepared for that. They made some adjustments and now we will have to counter-adjust to keep the tempo going our way.”
The Crimson Bears scored on their first drive of the second half, opening a 34-6 advantage. Dorian Isaak ran in from four yards out.
“We just continued to man up,” JDHS defensive coordinator Eddie Brakes said. “Marking on the numbers. It is kind of like Nintendo action out there sometimes, all these five or four receivers or backs coming out of the backfield. Our guys did a pretty good job. We made them do a lot of things they hadn’t planned on doing against us. We are doing our job of keeping them out of the end zone.”
Campos had 12 carries for 176 yards and three touchdowns. Kris Hill caught three touchdown passes from Isaak, 13 yards in the first quarter, 32 yards in the third quarter, and 33 yards in the fourth quarter.
The Crimson Bears won the game 55-20.
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