The Juneau-Douglas High School football team's defense showed off its speed and power Saturday.
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The Crimson Bears opened the season with a 41-0 rout of visiting Kodiak High School at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field. Juneau-Douglas forced six turnovers and sacked Bears quarterback Jimmy Eggermeyer eight times in the win.
"I think the team did everything we set it out to accomplish and more," JDHS defensive tackle Phil Moser said.
Alex Fagerstrom had two interceptions and Buzzy Hotch picked off one pass for JDHS.
Defensive tackle Phil Moser recorded three sacks, defensive end Zach Heppner had two sacks, while Donovan Wilson, Nate Wilson and Tuavao Maake sacked Eggermeyer one time each for Juneau.
Also, tackle Faifo Levale scooped up a fumble and rumbled 18 yards for a touchdown.
"Our goal is to use our speed to get past the heavier guys," Moser said.
The defense limited Kodiak to just 81 yards of total offense. Eggermeyer completed 8 of 17 passes for 91 yards while JDHS limited the Bears' rushing attack to -10 yards.
"Defensively I don't know how we could've done much better," JDHS coach Bill Chalmers said. "The people we expected to do a good job did a good job."
For JDHS, sophomore Silver Maake showed why the team has been so excited about his return as he galloped for 183 yards on 12 carries.
After a pair of penalties to start the game, Maake took his first handoff 79 yards to the endzone for the first of his four touchdowns.
"It was really big for a couple reasons," JDHS coach Bill Chalmers said. "We had those two penalties prior to that. It's the kind of thing that can turn a ball game around. I've been around this game long enough sometimes it only takes play or two the turn a 40-0 game to a 0-40. That was a really big play."
Junior Lincoln Maka added to Juneau's dominance on the ground. Maka rushed for 28 yards and a score.
Quarterback Ryan "Bubba" Larson had a successful debut, completing 4 of 15 passes for 73 yards with no interceptions.
"The thing I feel most comfortable about was the stellar job Bubba Larson did," Chalmers said. "He didn't make the big mistakes."
Fagerstrom had two catches for 46 yards while Donovan Wilson and Jesse West made one reception each.
Juneau-Douglas led 20-0 after the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime.
Up next for Juneau-Douglas is a trip to Fairbanks and a game against Lathrop (0-1) in the Railbelt Conference opener for both teams. The Malemutes fell to Bartlett 44-30 on Saturday.
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