The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears huddled for a postgame talk on the field at Lathrop Stadium while the Malemutes were out of sight.
They were the away team, but they owned the field on Wednesday night.
A lively beginning from Lathrop could not prevent the Crimson Bears from delivering a 69-6 defeat to the Malemutes in a Railbelt Conference high school football game.
Lathrop (0-7, 0-5 Railbelt) scored its second touchdown of the season with a 34-yard pass from Jonah Silva to Matt McCoy with 6:09 remaining in the first quarter, but it was the Bears’ ball game from there on.
JDHS running back Matthew Maka rushed for two touchdowns and returned one of his two interceptions 54 yards for another score to help the Bears overpower Lathrop.
Freshman quarterback Phillip Fenumiai threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, a feat which he credits to his receivers, who broke tackles for long yards after the catch.
“They’re great,” he said. “Those guys make something out of nothing.”
Bears receiver Chris Holloway had the biggest play of the night with an 80-yard touchdown reception from a short pass with 5:21 to go in the first half. He also had a 26-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
JDHS fullback Jack Perkins also turned a short toss into a long score with a 65-yard catch early in the second quarter. He also ran for a 3-yard touchdown 29 seconds before halftime.
Maka ran for 1- and 20-yard touchdowns, and 60 yards before halftime, after which he didn’t take a handoff. Chris Hoffman, Justin Brooks and Randy Segelhorst ran for touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Juneau coach Rich Sjoroos said the Bears (5-2, 4-1 Railbelt) played “a little sloppy in the beginning and a little ragged at spots,” but feels they bouced back well from Saturday’s loss to North Pole.
Lathrop coach Jason Gazewood said the Malemutes tried to stay in the game by taking risks instead of managing the loss to create a closer score.
“Here, they faced adversity and they said ‘Hey, we’re going to get out there and score,’” he said. “That speaks a lot about how they’ve grown.