The regular season might not have started yet, but the hitting has already begun for the Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain football teams after the first-ever crosstown scrimmage Saturday at rain-soaked Adair-Kennedy Field.
The young Falcon squad found the going difficult against the experienced Bears squad as JDHS scored four touchdowns to zero for the Falcons.
Eric Fagerstrom took a sweep off the left side for the opening touchdown and the Crimson Bear defense swarmed the Falcon running attack, which was held scoreless during the hour-long scrimmage.
Both sides had a difficult time with the center-quarterback exchange in the sloppy conditions, but it was Thunder Mountain who had the most difficult time getting the offense going.
Aside from a 19-yard leaping catch by rising senior wide receiver Donald Stokes, the Falcons offense could not find any consistency and they lost two fumbles on their first two possessions.
As for the Bears, with the exception of a couple of possessions that ended up going backward, they found their running game early and capitalized often.
Following a 25-yard catch and run by rising senior Chris Holloway, rising senior running back Justin Brooks found daylight up the middle and took the ball to the house for Juneau-Douglas' second touchdown.
But Brooks appeared to injure his left leg on the play and had to be carried off the field. He was unable to return and was later seen being carried off the sideline with an ice pack taped to his left leg.
Both sides were able to give their JV and bench players reps following the Bears' second score, and sophomore Trevor Pfaff kept the offense rolling with a touchdown run from inside the Falcons' 10-yard line. The Bears would later cap off the scoring with a two-yard run from sophomore quarterback Phillip Fenumiai.
The regular season kicks off Saturday as the Falcons head to Sitka to play the conference rival Wolves at 2 p.m., while Juneau-Douglas awaits South Anchorage for an 8 p.m. tilt at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.