The Juneau-Douglas High School football team can go 8-0 for the first time in school history on Saturday. However, the Crimson Bears will have to go through a quality Lower 48 opponent to accomplish that first.
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JDHS hosts the Rainier High School Columbians from Rainier, Ore., at 8 p.m. Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.
Rainier (4-0) plays in the Class 3A division of Oregon and has an enrollment of 340 students.
The Columbians, led by fifth-year coach Thor Ware, have two shutouts to their credit and have allowed just nine points all season long.
Rainier, Ore. (4-0) at Juneau-Douglas (7-0, 6-0 Railbelt)
8 p.m. Saturday (broadcast live on KINY radio, AM 800).
CRIMSON BEARS STATISTICAL LEADERS
Silver Maake 131 carries, 955 yards, 8 TDs, 7.3 yards per carry.
Ryan "Bubba" Larson 31-78, 677 yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs
Alex Fagerstrom 14 receptions, 390 yards, 5 TDs
Team offense 34.9 points per game
Rushing offense 217.9 yards per game
Passing offense 99.4 yards per game
Team defense 8.3 points per game
Rushing defense 38.9 yards per game
Passing defense 130.1 yards per game
Special teams 20-of-26 extra points, 5-of-7 two-point conversions, 2-of-3 field goals
Defensively, the team is led by its linebacking corps of Jesse Renoude, Andrew Allen and Zach Plant. Rainier's Hazze Walker, a 5-foot, 4-inch senior, also has an interception return for a touchdown.
In the Columbians' last three games, the team has allowed just 238 yards of total offense.
Offensively, Ware's squad runs a double-wing offense. The offense features bruising junior fullback Allen (5-10, 235 pounds) and wingbacks Branden Staehely and Kyle Palmer.
Palmer replaces the injured Austin McGlone for Rainier. McGlone, who rushed for 1,530 yards last season, broke his collarbone in the Columbians' 22-0 win over Class 4A Banks and will not play.
Renoude, a senior, directs the offense as the team's quarterback and is a threat to run as well as pass.
Rainier will be going up against one of the state's stingiest defenses.
The Crimson Bears are allowing a scant 8.3 points per game while holding teams to 159.2 yards per game.
Offensively, sophomore running back Silver Maake sits 45 rushing yards away from his first 1,000 yard season while senior quarterback Ryan "Bubba" Larson has thrown for 677 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
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