What happened to the Juneau crowd? What happened to the support that the Juneau Youth Football League used to enjoy?
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Once upon a time, there was great support and enthusiasm for the league that Juneau built. The little program that could. In the face of opposition and despite all our challenges, the fight for league sanction and a schedule worthy of our effort, our ensuing success gained a foot-hold in Alaskan prep-football annals. We tested our mettle.
This was recognized in mass by the Juneau football faithful of old. Chugiak coach Duncan Shackelford once recalled, "There were 5,000 people watching. The place was just packed."
Now it seems this is expected. Our success is deemed routine.
We have dominated our opponents and swept the competition in the Railbelt Conference, but this is not enough to elicit a crowd. What we need is a celebration of or Crimson Bear football team. We need a crowd that encourages what we have done and what we can accomplish. We need community support to show our team we care and are interested in our past and future accomplishments. Be there for your team. Be there for the Bears.
We played a nonconference opponent in the Rainier Oregon Columbians recently and host a quarterfinal playoff game against Colony High School at 8 p.m. Saturday. Come on out and show your support.