The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team opened its season in powerful fashion Friday with a 40-16 win over host Ketchikan.
The Crimson Bears rattled off 20 unanswered points in the second half to topple the Kings.
"We just went back to what was working," JDHS junior varisty coach Charles Fairless said. "They boys were just in real good shape, really physically conditioned. They weren't winded."
The two teams battled back and forth in the first half, as Ketchikan looked to open its season with a home win. The Bears and Kings traded touchdowns and two-point conversions on their opening drives.
After Ketchikan scored its first touchdown, JDHS fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the 7-yard line. The Kings gobbled up the loose ball and rumbled into the end zone. Another two-point conversion made the score 16-8.
Juneau-Douglas rallied for two scores in the second quarter, however, to make the score 20-16 at haldtime.
The Crimson Bears did much of their damage on the ground, scoring five rushing touchdowns.
"We were able to handle ourselves," Fairless said. "We were able to handle ourselves off-tackle with the run."
Tailback Nico Saldivar led Juneau's ground attack with 205 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Phil Moser added 96 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while quarterback Alex Fagerstrom added 66 rushing yards and a score. Fagerstrom also passed for 24 yards and completed a touchdown strike to Kurt Barry.
The Crimson Bears racked up 396 yards of total offense, with 369 yards coming via the run.
"Nico even said we couldn't do it without the offensive line," Fairless said. "They fired off their blocks quick and low and made lanes for the running backs to run."
The defense for Juneau-Douglas played a solid game and pitched a second-half shutout.
"The defensive line gave up the one touchdown," Fairless said. "They got great penetration and did a real good job."
Juneau's junior varsity will accompany the varsity to Fairbanks this weekend as the Crimson Bears play Lathrop on Saturday then North Pole next Wednesday.
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