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The Juneau-Douglas High School football team made history Saturday in defeating previously undefeated Rainier High School from Rainier, Ore., 37-0 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.
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The Crimson Bears improved to 8-0 for the first time in school history with the win.
Senior quarterback Ryan "Bubba" Larson completed 7-of-15 passes for 89 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Larson also rushed for a touchdown in the win.
Juneau-Douglas sophomore running back Silver Maake surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season as he toted the ball 23 times for 109 yards.
Alex Fagerstrom, Nate Wilson and Lincoln Maka added rushing scores, Jesse West caught a touchdown pass and Dominic Smith, playing with a dislocated elbow, booted a 22-yard field goal in the win.
Juneau's team-speed set the tone for the game as the defense stymied the Columbians' double-wing rushing attack.
Fullback Andrew Allen had 17 carries for 36 yards while wingback Branden Staehely amassed 57 rushing yards on 14 carries.
In all, Juneau-Douglas forced four turnovers and held Rainier to just 95 rushing yards and 50 passing yards.
The Crimson Bears scored on two of their first three possessions to take a quick 14-0 lead.
After Smith's field goal put JDHS ahead 17-0 at halftime, a key turnover gave the Bears momentum for good.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Larson fumbled a snap that traveled back to the Rainier 34-yard line. The Columbians had a chance to scoop up the loose ball and rumble unimpeded to the end zone for a score, but they couldn't hang on to the ball as it went out of bounds.
Two plays later, Fagerstrom jetted 27 yards for the Bears' third touchdown of the game. JDHS went on to score 20 points in the fourth quarter to seal its first ever 8-0 start.
The Railbelt Conference playoff picture came into focus about two hours prior to Saturday's kickoff. JDHS will host Colony next weekend after the Knights topped Lathrop 40-8.
The Crimson Bears defeated Colony 20-6 on Sept. 14.
Wasilla defeated Palmer 36-35 Friday to earn a playoff berth and will host the Moose again next weekend.
JDHS 37, RAINIER, Ore. 0
JDHS 14 3 0 20 - 0
Rainier 0 0 0 0 - 0
JDHS - Larson 5 run (Smith kick), 6:30.
JDHS - West 11 pass from Larson (Smith kick), 11:55.
JDHS - Smith 22 FG, :58.
JDHS - A. Fagerstrom 27 run (Smith kick), 9:25.
JDHS - Maka 49 run (kick failed), 5:58.
JDHS - N. Wilson 8 run (Smith kick), 5:02.
First downs 9 9
Passing yards 89 50
Return yards 10 74
Passing 7-15-1 6-13-2
Penalties-yards 12-100 10-70
Punts 5-33.8 7-32.4
Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-2
RUSHING - JDHS: Maake 23-109, Larson 8-(-8), A. Fagerstrom 3-41, N. Wilson 3-9. Rainier: Allen 17-36, Renoude 4-(-5), Staehely 14-57, Palmer 2-7.
PASSING - JDHS: Larson 7-15-1-89. Rainier: Renoude 4-9-1-38, Allen 0-2-1-0, Staehely 2-2-0-12.
RECEIVING - JDHS: A. Fagerstrom 3-34, West 2-27, D. Wilson 2-18. Rainier: Staehely 1-9, Palmer 4-19, Walker 1-22.