With 25 percent of the Alaska high school football regular season completed, it's pretty hard not to give Juneau-Douglas a top grade after two games.
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The Crimson Bears (2-0, 1-0 Railbelt Conference) overcame a slow start Saturday to rout Lathrop (0-2, 0-1) 44-6 in Fairbanks.
In two games, JDHS recorded two blowouts. The Crimson Bears opened the season with a 41-0 whitewashing of small-school power Kodiak.
Defensively, the JDHS defense proved it remains among Alaska's elite.
The Crimson Bears forced seven turnovers in two games with the team boasting a plus-4 turnover ratio.
While playmakers such as defensive end Zach Heppner, middle linebacker Donovan Wilson and tackles Phil Moser and Faifo Levale have played at a high level, a number of newcomers are showing what they got.
Linebackers Buzzy Hotch and Nate Wilson both exhibit speed and solid instincts while defensive tackle Chance Gallettes is seeing plenty of playing time as a sophomore.
Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears
Statistical leaders after two games
Ryan "Bubba" Larson - 9 completions, 23 attempts, 176 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs.
Silver Maake - 27 carries, 364 yards, 6 TDs, 13.5 yards per carry.
Lincoln Maka - 9 carries, 46 yards, 1 TD, 5.0 yards per carry.
Alex Fagerstrom - 5 receptions, 113 yards, 1 TD, 26.6 yards per reception.
Dominic Smith - 2-for-2 on field goals (Long of 40 yards). 9-for-10 on extra points.
Alex Fagerstrom - 2 INTs.
Tuavao Maake - 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery.
As a unit, JDHS limited its first two opponents to just 205 yards of total offense - 153 passing and 52 rushing.
Offensively, Juneau-Douglas mainly did all of its damage on the ground in the first two games.
Sophomore running back Silver Maake has been nothing less than spectacular in his first two games back from a broken leg. Maake has racked up 364 yards on 27 carries with six touchdowns in the two games. He's averaging 13.5 yards every time he touches the ball.
Maake's shown the ability to slip past defenders in the open field or run over would-be tacklers.
However, the meat of the schedule is upcoming. Games against bigger, stronger opponents Palmer (Aug. 31), Wasilla (Sept. 8) and Colony (Sept. 14) loom ahead.
Juniors Lincoln Maka and Alex Fagerstrom have also provided some balance on the ground.
Senior quarterback Ryan "Bubba" Larson has done pretty much all that's been expected of him in his first two career football games.
In two games, Larson completed 9 of 23 passes for 176 yards and one TD. While those aren't exactly gaudy statistics, he's shown good judgment by not throwing a single interception.
Fagerstrom leads the team in receiving with five catches for 133 yards, averaging 26.6 yards per reception.
Up next for JDHS is a return trip to Fairbanks to face North Pole at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Patriots (0-2, 0-1), under first-year coach Richard Henert, lost to Soldotna 62-42 and Colony 20-7.
Despite its winless record, North Pole boasts some offensive firepower in running back Todd McCormick (46 carries, 300 yards, 1 TD), quarterback Steven Wright (16-for-38, 267 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs) and wide receiver Andy Musgrove (8 receptions, 113 yards, 3 TDs).
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Colony: 1-0, 2-0
Juneau-Douglas: 1-0, 2-0
Wasilla: 1-0, 2-0
Palmer: 0-0, 0-2
Lathrop: 0-1, 0-2
North Pole: 0-1, 0-2
West Valley: 0-1, 0-2
COOK INLET CONFERENCE
Chugiak: 2-0, 2-0
Service: 2-0, 2-0
Dimond: 1-0, 2-0
South Anchorage: 1-1, 1-1
Bartlett: 0-1, 1-1
West Anchorage: 0-1, 1-1
Eagle River: 0-1, 0-2
East Anchorage: 0-2, 0-2
Wasilla 36, West Valley 26
Soldotna 47, Palmer 14
Juneau-Douglas 44, Lathrop 6
Colony 20, North Pole 7
Aug. 24 games
West Valley at Colony, 7 p.m.
Lathrop at Palmer, 7 p.m.
Aug. 25 games
Juneau-Douglas at North Pole, 2 p.m.
Skyview at Wasilla, 3 p.m.
COOK INLET CONFERENCE
Service 31, West Anchorage 0
Chugiak 7, East Anchorage 6
Dimond 16, Bartlett 12
South Anchorage 55, Eagle River 0
Aug. 24 game
Chugiak vs. Service, 7 p.m.
Aug. 25 games
Bartlett vs. Eagle River, 1 p.m.
West Anchorage at Dimond, 2 p.m.
East Anchorage vs. South Anchorage, 7 p.m.
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