The Juneau-Douglas High School football team picked up one first-place vote and 22 points to take third place in the initial Anchorage Daily News-State Coaches Football Poll released today.
The Crimson Bears are 2-0 this season with a 47-6 victory over Sitka, which was ranked fifth in the small schools poll, and a 14-7 decision over preseason large schools favorite Bartlett on Friday. Juneau plays winless West Anchorage on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.
The East Anchorage Thunderbirds (2-0) were ranked No. 1 in the large schools poll with five of the 10 first-place votes and 38 points. East has beaten defending state runner-up Colony 21-6 and West Anchorage 47-19.
The Chugiak Mustangs (2-0) didn't earn any first-place votes, but they were ranked No. 2 in the poll with 27 points. Juneau was third, followed by West Valley (2-0) with one first-place vote and 18 points. Defending state champion Dimond (1-1) earned two first-place votes and ranked fifth in the poll with 17 points, despite a 27-14 loss at Wainai, Hawaii, on Saturday.
The only other team to pick up a first-place vote in the large schools poll was Wasilla (2-0), which had 12 points and was in the also receiving votes part of the poll.
In the small schools poll, the defending state champion Nikiski Bulldogs (1-1) earned four of the six first-place votes and 26 points to take the top spot. Nikiski lost a 12-7 decision to Chugiak in the first week of the season, then rebounded to blitz Houston 51-7.
Homer (1-0, 19 points) and Kenai (2-0, 18 points) both picked up one first-place vote and were ranked second and third, respectively. Skyview (1-1, eight points) was fourth, followed by Sitka (1-1, seven) in fifth place.
Sitka beat Ketchikan 34-0 on Saturday as Josh Stevens ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Travis Bradshaw passed for 80 yards and completed a TD pass to Karel Uddipa, while Kelly Ferguson had a 7-yard touchdown run in Ketchikan's season opener.