After two cancellations, the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity team finally took to the field Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
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The Crimson Bears defeated North Pole's JV 18-13 to start the season.
"It was a pretty exciting game, we finally got to play," JDHS junior varsity coach Charles Fairless said. "Frustration was setting in a little bit."
Sophomore tailback Lincoln Maka led the Crimson Bears with 162 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.
Maka racked up 101 rushing yards and scored on a 51-yard touchdown reception. He also scored on a reverse and a sweep.
"He's very much a utility player," Fairless said. "Everywhere we need him, he can play there."
JDHS took an early 6-0 lead, but North Pole fought back to make the score 7-6 in the first quarter.
Maka scored his second TD late in the first half to put the Crimson Bears ahead 12-7 at halftime.
Juneau scored again in the third quarter to make it 18-7 and held on for the win.
"It was very exciting," Fairless said. "A lot of the boys had first-year jitters because a lot of them are freshmen. They shook those in the first half and we started making some good stops and good blocks in the second half."
Buzz Hotch added 85 rushing yards, A.J. Cortez-Munoz contributed a 45-yard kickoff return, Chance Galletes rumbled for 31 yards and Sam Nauer contributed 25 yards on the ground.
Jake Nelson and Dakotah Smith played solid defense in the win.
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