The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team rattled off 19 unanswered first-half points to upend the previously undefeated Wasilla JV 19-8 on Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
Sound off on the important issues at
The Warriors scored on their opening possession but the Crimson Bears' defense stiffened to keep them off the scoreboard for the remainder of the night.
"We made some adjustments," said Juneau coach Rory Niere. "In pass coverage, we didn't do any blitzing because they had a good quarterback and a propensity to throw so I sat my guys back."
Lincoln Maka led the way for JDHS. He scored two rushing touchdowns, hauled in a TD pass from quarterback Sandon Fisher to key the offensive surge. Dominic Smith kicked an extra point in the win.
Fisher also completed a 55-yard pass to A.J. Cortez-Munoz in the win.
"I have to mention the guys that ran hard on counters," Niere said. "Chance Galletes ran hard as my fullback and Buzz Hotch was the workhorse on offense."
Defensively, Juneau-Douglas used quarterback sacks and turnovers to help stymie Wasilla.
Maka intercepted a pass and linebacker Jake Nelson picked off a throw late to preserve the victory. Derek Lail contributed a quarterback sack in the win.
"Jake Scanlon and Jake Pernula did well on defense," Niere said. "Scanlon did a great job containing at defensive end and Pernula was dominating at nose guard."
Juneau's defensive play loomed large in the win because Wasilla played solid defense as well in the second half. Neither team scored after halftime.
"Wasilla, give their coaching staff credit because they made some great adjustments at halftime and they shut us down," Niere said. "I have to give credit to them."
Juneau's JV will travel with the varsity on Friday to take on Colony. The Crimson Bears will then play host to Alaska's newest team and the United States' northernmost high school - Barrow - on Monday.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.