The high school sports season kicks into full swing Friday as the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team opens their season in Anchorage, while the Crimson Bears football team hosts Lathrop at 8 p.m. tonight at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
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The Crimson Bears (1-0) football team enter tonight's contest with a head of steam after pounding four-time defending small-school state champion Kenai Central last week, 39-0.
JDHS scored touchdowns in the air, on the ground and on special teams, as Carlo Ebron returned a punt for a score.
While the offense effectively moved the ball, defensive coordinator Eddie Brakes' defense turned in a dominate performance.
The Kardinals mustered less than 40 yards of total offense as JDHS forced a pair of turnovers.
The Malemutes are looking to rebound after falling to Service 45-7 in the season-opener.
Lathrop yielded 262 yards in the air as the Cougars won their first game in two years. Service also picked off Malemutes quarterback Levi Brower three times, returned two for touchdowns.
It wasn't all negative for Lathrop, however as tailback Kenny Lewis gobbled up 171 rushing yard on just 14 carries.
JDHS defensive front must account for Lewis and make Lathrop one-dimensional.
In Bartlett, the Crimson Bears boys and girls cross country teams open the season in the Bartlett Relays.
While JDHS will certainly look to run every race its involved in, the Bartlett Relays provide the team a perfect opportunity to bond and test themselves.
The race takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday and will feature plenty of Anchorage-area squads.
The girls team will be very competitive with a host of returning talent and new faces.
Juniors Katie Krehlik, Kristen Jorgensen, Isabel Bush and Leigh Miller provides the Crimson Bears with speed and depth. Seniors Brittany Lehnhart, Gabrielle Vance and Evelyn Fisher are all experienced runners.
The boys team will be eager to make their mark after three weeks of hard practices.
Seniors Andrew Flansaas and Nils Domke lead a tightly knit crew of runners.
Ray Huebschen and Hunter Brown also return to the team after successful 2005 seasons.