Despite the robust 33-point margin of victory, Juneau-Douglas' 40-7 win Friday over visiting Colony wasn't perfect.
The Crimson Bears did, however, match the intensity level of their opponent and delivered a masterful passing performance.
"I thought, and I've been around a lot of games, that was one of the hardest hitting games I've seen for both teams," JDHS offensive coordinator Rich Sjoroos said. "I told people Saturday how these visiting teams rise to the energy level. The opposing teams put their best effort. We watch them on tape and what we think is a weakness actually isn't."
One aspect of the game where the Knights gave Juneau-Douglas all it could handle was along the defensive line.
Colony defensive lineman Justin Beauchamp was a terror along the line and helped neutralize the Bears' potent rushing attack.
Tres Saldivar led Juneau in rushing with 98 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
"He was all over the place and it didn't matter who we put on him," Sjoroos said of Beauchamp. "That was the first time this year where a guy up front was able to control our guys."
With Colony doing a solid job on the defensive line, Juneau-Douglas opened up its aerial arsenal. JDHS quarterback Chris Hinkley completed 16-of-22 passes for 256 yards and five TDs.
A key to the offense's effectiveness in the air was how Hinkley and the receivers adjusted on the fly.
Many times during Friday's win, the receiver would decide to change his route at the line of scrimmage. Hinkley then read the defense and fired to his receiver.
The result was big day for Josh Lehauli, who had six receptions for 117 yards and three touchdowns.
"I told (head coach Bill Chalmers) that this is the best group of kids in terms of communication," Sjoroos said. "They'll take a fade route and turn it to a hitch route at the line of scrimmage just by eye contact. If NFL teams did that, they'd win championships."
Juneau-Douglas' defense delivered another solid game. Friday's win was the third straight week where the Crimson Bears allowed just seven points.
Colony's lone score came on a second-down pass where the JDHS defensive back zslipped on the wet turf, leaving Roy Erhart wide open for the catch and TD.
With the exception of that drive, JDHS dictated play from its first defensive series when middle linebacker Brian Maller forced a turnover.
"We talked before the game that high school football games are full of opportunities," JDHS defensive coordinator Eddie Brakes said. "They shut us down (on Juneau's first offensive series), a four-and-out on our offense is pretty amazing. That normally doesn't happen to our offense. But then getting the ball back on the next play set the tone for the game."
Juneau-Douglas also had a number of different players step up in the win.
Brakes said Alex Robinson did an excellent job filling in for the injured Faifo Levale at defensive end while Kevin Wilkens, Jesse Behrends, Jamaal Bailey and Justin Kennedy all performed admirably Friday.
"Our team is hungry every week," Brakes said. "Individually, the players are hungry and we have players not starting but looking for an opportunity."
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at email@example.com
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