The Juneau-Douglas High School football team returned to one of their old stomping grounds in the Railbelt Conference on Friday night and made sure the Colony Knights remembered what it was like facing the Crimson Bears, who won 33-24 behind the four touchdowns of Demetrius Campos.
“We had some ideas to kind of limit his touches and get other guys involved,” Juneau head coach Rich Sjoroos said. “But we were having trouble, and that is a credit to Colony. They were pretty dialed in.”
The Knights kept the ball out of Crimson Bears’ receivers Kris Hill and Adam Empson and clogged the middle on running back George Sua and quarterback Dorian Isaak.
Colony had the field, fans and numbers as 48 athletes came onto the field but JDHS had Demetrius Campos running and brother Dartanan Campos leading the receivers.
“We did find that Demetrius was working pretty good,” Sjoroos said. “So we just decided to go to him a little more often than planned but it definitely paid off for us.”
Demetrius carried 12 times in the first half and eight more in the second. Dartanan caught five passes.
Colony put more pressure on Isaak than North Pole did the previous weekend. The Knights were bigger across the lines but Isaak still passed for one touchdown and no interceptions.
“The last two games he has really protected the football,” Sjoroos said. “He has not put us in any tough spots. We haven’t turned it over in our own end or given up any easy scores. That is kind of the style of football we are playing right now. If we win the turnover battle and the field position battle we will be in pretty good shape every game. I like how this group is sticking together.”
JDHS jumped on the score early, leading 13-0 at the half.
JDHS stalled on their first two drives of the second half and Colony made it a one-score game in the third quarter.
Campos responded with a run for a score that also drew a Knights penalty and the Crimson Bears used the yardage for an on-side kick and another scoring drive to regain control 27-6. While Campos amassed over 160-yards on the ground during the game, eight of his carries were for a loss. and nine rushes were of 10 yards or more, including a 44-yard score and a 33-yard carry.
The Knights Antonio Bush scored three times in the fourth quarter, including a pass reception with five seconds remaining to make the final deficit nine points. According to the Frontiersman newspaper, Knights quarterback Bryce Niver accounted for 350 yards of total offense, outgaining JDHS by himself with 249 yards through the air and 91 additional on the ground, throwing three touchdown passes and running one in.
“Teams don’t take the night off when they play us,” Sjoroos said. “That is fun and exciting, there are people flying all over the field.”
George Grummett received player of the game honors.
“His motor was running all night,” Sjoroos said. “On offense and defense.”
Eric Nordgren also had a strong defensive game, including an interception.
Next up for JDHS is a visit from the Foss Falcons of Tacoma, Washington. Game time is Saturday at 8 p.m. on Adair Kennedy Field.
Foss, Washington will present the biggest line JDHS will see all year and Falcons’ linebacker/fullback Patiole Pesefea, at 6-foot-2 and 295 pounds is heading to Eastern Washington University. The Falcons return five starters on offense and seven on defense.
JDHS will play the Pemberton (B.C.) Grizzlies the following weekend (September 21) filling the void in the schedule left by Sitka’s cancellation.
HOW THEY SCORED:
(stats provided by the Frontiersman)
Juneau-Douglas 33, Colony 24
Friday, Colony High School
Juneau — Dem. Campos 11 run (Maake kick) 5:12.
Juneau — Dem. Campos 44 run (kick failed) 4:29.
Colony — Niver 22 run (kick failed) 5:15.
Juneau — Dem. Campos 18 run (Maake kick) 5:01.
Juneau — Dem. Campos 11 pass from Izaak (Maake kick) 3:38.
Colony — Bush 23 pass from Niver (kick failed) 11:48.
Colony — Bush 10 pass from Niver (pass failed) 9:00.
Juneau — Sua 13 run (kick failed) 6:21.
Colony — Bush 10 pass from Niver (pass failed) 00:05.
RUSHING — Juneau: Dem. Campos 20-164, Izaak 4-20, Sua 3-14, Nordgren 3-4, Da. Campos 2-4, Hill 1-(-2); Colony: Niver 21-91, Conway 7-20, Summers 1-3.
PASSING — Juneau: Izaak 6-20-0—64; Colony: Niver 29-49-1—249.
RECEIVING — Juneau: Da. Campos 3-33, Hill 1-13, Dem. Campos 1-11, Empson 1-8; Colony: Bush 12-130, S. Bilafer 7-45, Looney 5-37, Summers 5-37.