The Juneau-Douglas junior varsity football team did their best impersonation of the Crimson Bears' varsity squad with an impressive passing performance Saturday.
Quarterback Alex Fagerstrom tossed five touchdown passes to five different receivers, as Juneau-Douglas defeated host Wasilla 46-20.
"The line gave him good protection," JDHS junior varsity coach Charles Fairless said. "They gave him a lot of time to throw and he was just picking them apart out there."
Fagerstrom amassed 189 passing yards and completed touchdown passes to Tuavao Maake, Jesse West, Kurt Barry, Chris Houston and Hunter Wolfe in the win.
JDHS running back Nico Saldivar rushed for a team-high 124 yards and a touchdown. Maake racked up 113 total yards of offense in the win.
"They were keying on (Saldivar) so that limited his yards," Fairless said. "When they were keying on him, though, we just went with the pass."
Colin Flynn also scored for the Crimson Bears, returning a kickoff 88 yards to paydirt.
Flynn also recovered a fumble and picked off a pass in the win.
In all, Juneau's defense forced four turnovers. George Damien had an interception and Peyden Wellard recovered a Warriors' fumble.
"The defense was executing and really held it for us," Fairless said. "Coach (Rory) Niery's defense was strong."
The defense's best series may have been in the fourth quarter, when Juneau held Wasilla with a goalline stand.
The Warriors had the ball first-and-goal from the Crimson Bears' 6-yard line and Juneau forced a turnover on downs.
"I was very thrilled about that," Fairless said. "Then the very next play, Fagerstrom connected with Jesse Behrends for a 40-yard reception to get us out of a hole."
Juneau hosts Colony at 5 p.m. Friday.
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