The shutout was spoiled on the final play of the game, but the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team still had a lot to be happy about after claiming a 44-6 victory over the West Anchorage Eagles Friday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
The game was Juneau's first JV home game since the early 1990s, when the Crimson Bears hosted Colony, and it was Juneau's first JV game against a Cook Inlet Football Conference opponent's JV team.
The Crimson Bears were an offensive force Friday night, as quarterback Chad Dubois threw touchdown passes to four different receivers and ran it in for another score. Dubois threw touchdown passes to C.J. Keys, Mike Winters, Chance Millay and Brian Felix, while Millay also scored a rushing touchdown for Juneau.
"It was good to have that variety," Dubois said of his receivers.
Dubois, a junior, said he just moved back under center after a six-year layoff to play defense.
"I went to the Western (Western Washington University) camp and I was playing defensive line, when someone asked me if I wanted to try going back to quarterback for a couple of series," Dubois said.
Millay opened the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run off the right tackle, making it 6-0 with 5 minutes, 28 seconds left in the first quarter after Matt Greely's kick missed wide right. Then, Dubois hit Keys, who was playing in the first football game of his life, for a 44-yard scoring strike with 3:11 left in the first quarter, and his conversion pass to Winters made it 14-0.
On West's first play after the kickoff, Kyle Patten blitzed West quarterback Randy Fishback and Fishback fumbled the ball as Patten was sacking him for a huge loss. Millay recovered the fumble, and two plays later Dubois ran it in for an 11-yard touchdown run, making it 21-0 with 2:50 left in the first quarter after Greely's kick.
"I was expecting the sack, not the fumble," said Millay, who added a fourth-quarter interception and two sacks on defense. "I just saw it (the ball) out of the corner of my eye."
Juneau's offense kept firing in the second quarter as Dubois connected with Winters on a 28-yard touchdown pass, then hit Millay on a two-yard TD toss, making it 35-0 at halftime as Greely made both kicks.
In the third quarter, Greely missed a 25-yard field goal wide right, but Juneau came back to hold West on defense. Then Dubois hit Felix with a 44-yard scoring pass and Greely made the kick with 3:04 left in the third quarter for a 42-0 Juneau lead.
Juneau's defense was holding strong in the fourth quarter, as Millay made an interception of backup West quarterback Kirk Hermans (who replaced Fishback after Fishback was injured on a third-quarter sack). Juneau's defense recorded a safety with 5:28 left to play as Hermans fumbled the snap while on his own goal line and Patten tackled him in the end zone as Hermans recovered the loose ball.
"I saw that play coming a mile away," Patten said.
Dubois finally looked mortal late in the fourth quarter as West's Joe Quinn intercepted a pass as Juneau was marching in for another score. With just over two minutes left in the game, West put together its only scoring drive. The drive was completed when West's Evan Roland scored on a 42-yard scamper down the right sideline as time ran out. West didn't attempt an extra point.