The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears have the top position in the Southeast Conference after defeating North Pole 55-20 Saturday at Adair Kennedy Field and holding North Pole’s lauded senior Lance Wright to just 8 yards and earning an early-season confidence boost.
JDHS unveiled a new offense and a fired up defense that resulted in a lopsided first half score and revenge for last season’s 46-27 loss.
The Crimson Bears defense shut down the Patriot’s Wright, who has accepted a scholarship offer to attend Rice University, holding him to just 2 total touches and 8 total yards as JDHS senior Linebacker Derik Vance recorded seven tackles and classmate George Grummet added five.
“I’ve been looking forward to this game ever since before preseason,” Vance said. “Our main goal coming into the game was to stop him (Wright), and we did. The weather definitely helped both defenses because it was hard to complete passes in the rain.
“It feels great to get revenge on them after losing to them last season,”
JDHS senior wide receiver Kris Hill had a career best game with three touchdown receptions.
“We changed our offensive formation to try to throw off the Patriots’ defense and obviously it worked,” said Vance.
The Crimson Bears offense racked up more than 500 yards on the night.
Juneau-Douglas struck first in the opening quarter just 16 seconds into the game on a 40-yard touchdown run by Demetrius Campos. The touchdown was set up by a kickoff return by Brady Malinger. The Crimson Bears went on to score on the following two offensive possessions to open a 20-0 advantage. North Pole got on the board at the end of the first quarter with 26-yard hookup from Mitchell Martinez to Lane Bonham. Campos added his third and final touchdown of night at the beginning of the second quarter to stretch the lead to 27-6.
In the second half the Patriots adjusted their defense to slow down Campos. The Bears answered by running up the gut with George Sua and running play action passes to catch the Patriots off guard. Dorian Isaak also broke some long runs up the middle of 25 and 30 yards. Isaak is not usually regarded as a strong runner, but he stepped up by scoring the first points of the second half on a designed quarterback sneak from 3 yards out.
After forcing a 4 and out, JD delivered another scoring drive, capped off by a beautiful pass from Isaak that just cleared the outstretched fingertips of a Patriots’ defensive back to land in Hill’s grasp for another touchdown. Isaak and Hill would hook up for another score early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for good at 48-14. Both teams found pay dirt again in the fourth to make the final score 55-20. “This game definitely gave a us a whole lot of confidence moving forward,” Vance said. “Now we feel like we can play with any team that we go up against.”
How they scored-
Juneau-Douglas (3-0) 55, North Pole (2-1) 20
11:44- JDHS: Demetrius Campos 40 yard run (kick no good) 6-0
10:56- JDHS: Demetrius Campos 53 yard run (Maake kick) 13-0
5:49- JDHS: Kris Hill 13 yard pass from Dorian Isaak (Maake kick) 20-0
1:31- NPHS: Lane Bonham 26 yard pass from Mitchell Martinez (kick no good) 20-6
10:12- JDHS: Demetrius Campos 4 yard run (Maake kick) 27-6
9:10- JDHS: Dorian Isaak 3 yard run (Maake kick) 34-6
6:23- JDHS: Kris Hill 32 yard pass from Isaak (Sua 2pt conversion) 42-6
:53- NPHS: Deaundre Campbell 20 yard run (Martinez 2 pt conversion) 42-14
11:54- JDHS: Kris Hill 33 yard pass from Isaak (kick no good) 48-14
10:39- NPHS: Deaundre Campbell 61 yard run (kick no good) 48-20
4:27- JDHS: George Sua 3 yard run (Maake kick)
Passing- Dorian Isaak- 8-14 145 yards, 3 TD’s
Rushing- Demetrius Campos- 12 carries 176 yards, 3 TD’s
George Sua- 7 carries 49 yards, TD
Dorian Isaak- 8 carries 79 yards, TD
Brady Mallinger- 4 carries 14 yards
Receiving- Kris Hill- 4 receptions 123 yards, 3 TD’s
Daniel Stevens- reception 7 yards
Defence- Derik Vance- 9 tackles
Brady Mallinger- 2 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries
Kris Hill- 4 tackles, Interception
George Grummet- 5 tackles, sack
Passing- Mitchell Martinez- 4-11 55 yards, TD, INT
Garrett Sommer- 4-8 18 yards, INT
Rushing- Deaundre Campbell- 7 carries, 97 yards, 2 TD’s
Garrett Sommer- 18 carries 143 yards, 2 fumbles
Receiving- Lance Wright- reception 5 yards
Lane Bonham- reception 26 yards, TD
Khalil Steward- 2 receptions 21 yards
Defence- Ben Davis- 8 tackles, 1 sack
Ryland Ellis- 5 tackles