The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team fell to 1-1 on Friday after losing 16-14 to host Palmer's JV.
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Buzz Hotch led the Crimson Bears with 211 all-purpose yards. Hotch had 37 punt-return yards and 174 rushing yards with a touchdown.
"We were totally able to move the ball, we just had a lot of trouble in the red zone," JDHS coach Charles Fairless said. "We were in the red zone (inside the Palmer 20-yard line) four times and didn't score."
After a scoreless first quarter, Juneau's defense gave the Bears an early lead as Matt Lehrbach tackled a Palmer ballcarrier in his own endzone for a safety.
In the second half, A.J. Cortez Munoz capped off a 44-yard drive with a 1-yard TD plunge to put JDHS ahead 8-0 early in the third quarter.
Palmer responded with a TD and a two-point conversion to even the score, but Hotch rumbled 25 yards to the endzone to give JDHS a 14-8 lead.
The Moose won the game in the fourth quarter, however, with a second TD and two-point conversion.
Defensively, Juneau-Douglas forced two turnovers as Hotch and Dakotah Smith each picked off passes. Fairless added that defensive lineman Jake Pernula enjoyed a good game.
"The defense was very, very strong," Fairless said. "They kept us in the game, gave us good field position by forcing punts. They really kept us in the game."
Offensively, Lincoln Maka had 73 yards rushing, Smith contributed 43 rushing yards and Cortez-Munoz posted 44 yards on the ground.
Juneau takes on Wasilla's JV at 5 p.m. Friday.
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