It seemed like Friday the 13th came a week early for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team.
Not only did the Crimson Bears suffer their fourth straight loss last Friday - a 24-14 defeat to the West Anchorage Eagles, who hadn't won in more than four years - but Juneau also lost four starters to injuries.
The way this season has gone, things can't get much worse for Juneau when it plays on the real Friday the 13th. The Crimson Bears host the No. 2 Chugiak Mustangs on Friday, with the varsity game at 8 p.m. and junior varsity at 5 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
They've already had their share of bad luck, so the Crimson Bears are hoping Friday the 13th will mean bad things for Chugiak.
"That might be to our advantage," Juneau head coach Reilly Richey said.
Juneau lost two of its three captains last week, when quarterback Chad Dubois suffered a concussion and linebacker-fullback Nick West had a severe abdominal pull. Juneau also lost two linemen - Donnie Browning to a reinjured knee and Charlie Moline to a dislocated shoulder. West is the only one of the four even thinking of playing this week - but even his status is questionable, Richey said.
That means Juneau (1-4 overall, 0-4 Cook Inlet Football Conference) will mix up its offense a little bit this week.
Tight end-linebacker Sterling Henderson will move to quarterback on Friday, while Tony Talamai will see action at fullback and C.J. Keys will work into the offense at wide receiver. Henderson finished last week's game at quarterback and drove Juneau to its second touchdown, while Talamai nearly broke a kickoff return for a score.
"I'm looking forward to it," said Talamai, the 'NT' part of Juneau's TNT Talamai brother combination (older brother Tevita is 'T').
The Talamai brothers moved to Juneau this summer from Tonga. Both are playing their first year of American football after several years of rugby, Tonga's national sport. Tony Talamai plays
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