ANCHORAGE - Juneau-Douglas High School quarterbacks Chris Hinkley and Pat Kohan don't mind sharing playing time - not when the combination is nearly perfect.
The quarterbacks combined for 230 yards passing and had as many touchdown passes (four) as incompletions, leading the Crimson Bears in a 37-7 throttling of Dimond on Saturday afternoon at Dimond High School's Alumni Field.
Juneau ended a three-game losing streak and improved its Cook Inlet Football Conference record to 2-2 and 3-3 overall. The Lynx dropped to 0-5, 1-5 thanks to Juneau's air attack.
"We have so many weapons on this team," Hinkley said. "Sometimes there's too many options out there."
Hinkley, a sophomore, doesn't play favorites. He completed eight of 10 passes to six different receivers, including senior C.J. Keys, a first-team all-state wideout last year.
As Juneau pushed the ball into Dimond's red-zone on its first possession, Hinkley found a covered Keys angling toward the corner of the end zone. Keys out-leaped a Lynx defender and caught the 20-yard pass for a 7-0 lead.
Hinkley finished with afternoon with 87 passing yards and three touchdowns. His first incompletion came on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Kohan, a junior, found a variety of receivers, too, completing six of eight passes for one touchdown. His 6-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Ryan Fagerstrom gave Juneau a 21-0 lead at halftime.
Kohan finished with a game-high 143 passing yards, including a 47-yarder to Mychal Hutcherson that didn't make it to the end zone.
"During our last practice, our team pointed out that I was the only receiver who hadn't broken out with a big game," Hutcherson said. "It was a great feeling to get the ball so much."
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end made a season-high four receptions for 69 yards.
Hutcherson, a senior, said Hinkley and Kohan have different throwing styles, but it's easy to adjust. One play it's Hinkley, another play it's Kohan. Either way, Hutcherson is always ready.
"We have a luxury," Hutcherson said about Juneau's quarterbacks. "Some days one of them is on and one of them is cold."
Unfortunately for Dimond, both were hot Saturday.
The Lynx keyed on Juneau halfback Brian Felix, whose 615 yards this season ranked him fourth-best in the state. Despite the attention, Felix still managed 114 yards on 15 carries. That's 7.6 yards per carry, better than his season average.
"Brian is a workhorse," Juneau coach Reilly Richey said. "He's always the guy to key on, but he always seems to find the hole."
Felix scored his only touchdown on a 5-yard reception at 8:40 in the fourth quarter. By then, the Crimson Bears had a 37-0 lead and the game was out of reach. Juneau's other passing touchdown came on a 31-yard pass from Hinkley to Josh Lehauli in the second quarter. Keys also ran for a 29-yard touchdown on a lateral in the third quarter, and Dylan Ashe kicked a 26-yard field goal.
Juneau's offense was clicking, and so was the defense. The Crimson Bears held Dimond to only 79 rushing yards on 30 carries and just 37 passing yards on two completions in 12 attempts with two interceptions.
Running back Danny Moss put Dimond on the scoreboard with a 34-yard run with 2:17 remaining in the game to spoil Juneau's shutout bid.
Dimond got a third-quarter scare when linebacker Jason Lewis lay flat on the grass, delaying the game nearly 15 minutes, after aggravating a neck injury he suffered last week against Bartlett.
Medical personnel carted Lewis off the field on a stretcher. His thumbs up relieved a hushed crowd.
"From what I know (Lewis) is doing fine," Dimond coach Derek Brewer said. "He had all five senses."
Lynx quarterback Billy Perry's best throw - a 27-yard completion to senior Justin Burch - came late in the fourth quarter, far too late for Dimond to rally.
"They're not a complex team," Brewer said. "They just do the simple things correctly - pass and catch."
With the victory, the Crimson Bears kept their hopes alive for a return to the state football playoffs. They play No. 3 Chugiak at 8 p.m. this Friday in Juneau's final home game of the season at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
CRIMSON BEARS 37, LYNX 7
Saturday's boxscore from Dimond's Alumni Field
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 13 8 10 6 - 37
DIMOND 0 0 0 7 - 7
Juneau - Keys 20 pass from Hinkley (Ashe kick), 5:29.
Juneau - Lehauli 31 pass from Hinkley (pass failed), 1:18.
Juneau - Fagerstrom 6 pass from P. Kohan (Ashe run), 2:35.
Juneau - FG Ashe 26, 7:24.
Juneau - Keys 29 run (Ashe kick), 3:11.
Juneau - Felix 5 pass from Hinkley (kick failed), 8:40.
Dimond - Moss 34 run (Burch kick), 2:17.
First downs 20 11
Rushes-yards 28-161 30-79
Passing yards 230 37
Return yards 34 99
Comp-att-int 14-18-0 2-12-2
Punts-ave 1-45.0 4-35.2
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 11-110 4-45
RUSHING - Juneau: Felix 15-114; Saldivar 4-26; Hinkley 4-22; Ashe 1-7; Behrends 1-4; Lehauli 2-(-12). Dimond: Hardon 7-61; Moss 12-43; Perry 4-(-22); Carey 7-(-3).
PASSING - Juneau: P. Kohan 6-8-0 - 143; Hinkley 8-10-0 - 87. Dimond: Perry 2-12-37-2.
RECEIVING - Juneau: Lehauli 4-78; Hutcherson 4-69; Keys 3-65; Katasse 1-45; Fagerstrom 2-40; Harris 1-13; Cooper 1-11; Ashe 1-6; Felix 1-5. Dimond: Burch 1-27; Carey 1-10.
MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.
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