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After watching their varsity teammates safely fly out of Juneau on Friday morning for Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team ran into a 3 1/2-hour flight delay Saturday morning in its attempt to fly to Ketchikan for a game Saturday.
The Juneau JV team's plane was grounded by weather, though, not new flight restrictions put into place following the attacks earlier in the week on New York City and Washington, D.C. The Crimson Bears had to wait for morning fog to lift in Ketchikan before their plane could land.
Once on the ground, the Crimson Bears JV squad stayed on the ground as it produced two 100-yard rushers in Mike Winters and C.J. Keys as Juneau's JV handed the winless Ketchikan varsity a 28-6 defeat.
The lone bright spot of the game for Ketchikan was the Kings scored their first touchdown of the season, and also bettered a 54-0 loss to Juneau's JV on Sept. 15 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
"It was more a tribute to Ketchikan stepping up another notch or two," Juneau JV assistant coach Dave Walkush said.
Juneau JV quarterback Chad Dubois started a high-scoring first quarter when he ran for a 1-yard touchdown with six minutes left, then scored on a run for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Ketchikan answered three minutes later as quarterback Brandon Larson threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ben Phillips, making the score 8-6 after Ketchikan's run failed on the conversion.
Juneau's C.J. Keys scored on a 75-yard run on a reverse play with one minute left in the first quarter, making the score 14-6 when the conversion run failed. With about eight minutes left in the second quarter, Dubois completed a 22-yard scoring pass to Matt Greely (and Greely made the extra-point kick).
Juneau added an insurance touchdown with 3:11 left in the game as Keys scored on on a 30-yard run on a sweep to the right. Walkush said Pat Lumba, Winters and Pat Shanley led Juneau's defense.