JDHS tops final poll

Crimson Bears will host Colony in state quarterfinals

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School football team was voted into the top spot again, in the final Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network prep poll of the season, released Monday.

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The Crimson Bears (8-0) have resided in the No. 1 large-school spot for four consecutive weeks.

JDHS finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in school history Friday after beating Rainier, Ore., 37-0. The Crimson Bears will host unranked Colony (4-4) in the state quarterfinals at 8 p.m. Saturday.

South Anchorage (6-2) stayed in second after ripping Dimond 44-7. The defending state championship will face fourth-ranked East Anchorage (5-3) in the quarterfinals.

ASBN poll

Prep football

Large schools:

1. JDHS (8-0)

2. South (6-2)

3. Chugiak (6-2)

4. East (5-3)

5. Wasilla (5-3)

Small schools:

1. Soldotna (8-0)

2. Kodiak (6-2)

3. Eielson (6-2)

4. Valdez (5-3)

5. Kenai Cen. (6-2)

The Thunderbirds moved up a spot after winning the "East Side Boot" from Bartlett with a 52-22 victory.

Chugiak (6-2) remains ranked third after sealing the Cook Inlet Conference championship Saturday with a 40-6 win over West Anchorage. The Mustangs will take on unranked Service in the quarterfinal round.

Wasilla (5-3) makes its first appearance in the top five since Week 3. The Warriors sealed a home playoff game after topping Palmer 36-35 in the Potato Bowl. The two teams will tangle again on Friday.

In the small-school poll, Soldotna continued its reign as it improved to 8-0 after ripping Kenai Central 44-0. The Kardinals (6-2) dropped from second to fifth following the loss.

Kodiak (6-2) moved up to second after a 71-7 demolition of Ketchikan.

Eielson (6-2) leapt to third with a 51-0 blanking of Delta Junction, while Valdez moved to fourth following a 20-19 win over Houston.

In the small-school playoffs, Soldotna will take on Valdez while Eielson hosts Kodiak.

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