The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears football team is slowing climbing up the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network medium school football poll. Week three shows JDHS moving up to number 2 thanks to their large win over North Pole on Saturday. That win put the Patriots in the five spot and they will play Ketchikan this weekend. Thunder Mountain has a chance to vault their cross-town rivals into the number one spot if they can stop the talented Soldotna Stars on Friday at TMHS Field. JDHS will look to keep in the polls as they travel to take on the Railbelt’s Colony Knights, a former large school opponent.
Large school team Fairbanks has made it to the third position in the polls, the highest ever for the Malemutes in the large school division. Service and Palmer continue to hold the one and two spots and Wasilla has a chance to smudge Lathrop’s unblemished record.
While Service did beat Bartlett last week, the Cougars also lost four players to ejections (Bartlett Golden Bears lost six), due to a brawl during the game. The result is all 10 players miss game action this week.
According to Anchorage Daily News reporter Jeremy Peters’ story, blood boiled a little too hot during a rainy Saturday afternoon
With 7:22 to play in the second quarter, the teams started fighting near the north end zone. Numerous players from both teams left the bench to join the brawl. Referees conferred for about 10 minutes after the fight to sort out the ejections.
“It was a mess and the referees did the best they could,” Service coach Kevin Kern was quoted by the ADN. “There was a late hit called on our quarterback and guys were being aggressive and protecting the quarterback, and it got out of hand on both sides of the ball.”
Bartlett’s Edress Irving, who hauled in six receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown, said he couldn’t see what caused the fight, but he said things were noticeably different on the field afterward.
Irving stated the brawl changed the game, made Bartlett play harder and brought up the intensity
Emerging from the settling dust was Service senior Thavun Srisaneha, who turned in a career performance with five catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. He also recorded the game’s only interceptions, picking off Bartlett’s Zyrelle Jones twice in the fourth quarter.
Srisaneha, a starter who missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, was glad to see the focus get back to football in the second half.
“Everything was crazy and hectic and we had to find subs to go in, but I think the coaches did a good job of keeping us disciplined and holding us back, and everything just went right,” he said. “It was definitely my best game on varsity. It was exciting and I can’t wait for next game.”
Service improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the CIC, knocking Bartlett down to 0-3, 0-2 CIC. It was the first game this season in which Service failed to surpass 40 points and the first time Bartlett reached the 20-point mark.
ASBN FOOTBALL POLL AFTER WEEK 3
1. Soldotna 3-0 (beat Houston 76-28) vs. Thunder Mountain 2-1 (Forfeit by Sitka).
2. Juneau-Douglas 3-0 (beat North Pole 55-20) vs. Colony (lost to Wasilla 35-26).
3. Kenai 3-0 (beat Homer 78-6) vs. Kodiak (beat South JV 54-0).
4. Kodiak 2-0 (beat South JV 54-0) vs. Kenai (beat Homer 78-6).
5. North Pole 1-1 (lost to Juneau 55-20) vs. Ketchikan (beat TM JV).
1. Service 3-0 (beat Bartlett 39-21) Vs Dimond (beat Chugiak 6-0).
2. Palmer 3-0 (beat East 32-0) vs. Woodinville Wa.
3. Lathrop 3-0 (beat West Valley 27-0) vs. Wasilla (beat Colony 35-26).
4. South 2-1 (lost to Moorpark, Calif. 19-0) vs. Eagle River (lost to West 35-29).
5. Wasilla 2-1 (beat Colony 35-26) vs. Lathrop (beat West Valley 27-0).