The Juneau-Douglas High School football team faces another stiff test this weekend as it travels to Wasilla.
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The Crimson Bears (4-0, 3-0 Railbelt Conference) will be the homecoming opponent for the Warriors (3-1, 1-1). The game starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast live on KINY radio, AM 800.
Wasilla started the season by winning its first three games before falling at North Pole 28-14 last weekend.
Coach Jim Shetter's squad has employed a new wishbone offense throughout the season, but showed some multiple receiver formations in last week's loss to North Pole.
Warriors quarterback Adrese LaVern has thrown eight touchdown passes this season, spreading the ball around to players such as wide receiver Tim Orr and running back Chris Crane.
On the ground, Crane has rushed for two touchdowns and should see plenty of action. Burly fullback Beebo Russel will also tote the ball for Wasilla.
Wasilla has allowed 15 points per game while scoring 32 points per game.
The Warriors will be facing one of the state's best defenses in JDHS.
The Crimson Bears are allowing a scant 58.5 rushing yards per game, 83.2 passing yards per game and 6.5 points per outing.
Leading JDHS offensively is Silver Maake. The sophomore has rushed for 597 yards and seven TDs on 63 carries in four games.
A win Saturday should seal a playoff berth for the Bears. It also would set up a game potentially for the Railbelt Conference title with Colony (3-1, 3-0) next week at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.
Meanwhile, the JDHS cross country team will participate in the biggest regular season meet of the year Saturday in Palmer.
The Crimson Bears and possibly 40 other teams will convene for the Palmer Invitational.
JDHS sophomore Leah Francis won both races she's competed in this year and should be considered a favorite in Palmer. As a team, the girls boast experienced runners Katie Krehlik, Kirsten Jorgensen, Leigh Miller and Annika Ord.
For the boys, Hunter Brown and Daniel Stoops are Juneau's most experienced athletes, while freshmen Sage Thibodeau and Zack Bursell have been fearless in two races this year.
The JDHS volleyball team (2-0, 2-0 Southeast) faces an important early season series at Ketchikan. The Kings and Crimson Bears will play matches today and Saturday.
After two convincing victories at Sitka, this series could determine who's got the upper hand early in the volleyball season.
Last year, Ketchikan pushed JDHS to five games in defeat in the conference championship match.