Crimson Bears crush Colony

JDHS rises to 9-0 with playoff win

Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2007

In their last home game of the year Saturday night, the unbeaten Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears unloaded Silver Maake and dropped a defensive wall on Wasilla's Colony Knights, beating them 33-0.

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The Crimson Bears (9-0) will advance to semifinals with the victory. They already beat Colony (4-5) in September 20-6 to win the Railbelt Conference championship.

Maake compiled 112 yards by halftime on streaking sweeps and quick jukes and left the Knights with wobbly knees at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field in the quarterfinal playoff action. By the end of the game, Juneau's offense racked up more than 225 yards with the ground game.

Quarterback Ryan "Bubba" Larson went 7-for-15 for 106 yards, teaming up with Alex Fagerstrom in the second quarter for a crowd-pleasing 55-yard bomb.

Lincoln Maka sealed the victory with a 47-yard punt return midway through the third quarter, which ran the score up to 33-0. He made tacklers miss with his sideways cutbacks and turned on the afterburners to scorch the Knights' special teams.

Crimson Bears Defensive Coordinator Eddie Brakes turned his defense loose on Colony quarterback Collin Murphy, who completed only two of 23 attempts. Murphy, who had three interceptions, released the ball early and chucked errant passes all night. The overpowering defensive line sacked Colony's quarterback four times for -40 yards, and Juneau's swarming linebackers consistently stuffed running back Gino Paoletti and held Colony's rushing to minimal gains.

The Bears offense began drives in their own territory only three times after interceptions from Erik Fagerstrom, Jacob Hotch and Lincoln Maka.

"It's a game of field possessions, and the turnovers have been huge," Brakes said. "We had a few interceptions and a couple fumble recoveries. You play on their side of the field, it's real defeating for the other team, and that is something we really focus on with our defense."

"It is a total team effort ... I know we had a real good time. The kids were real aggressive and real excited for this playoff action at home."

Juneau's Offensive Coordinator Rich Sjoroos had his players dominate Colony in time of possession, holding the ball for 10 minutes in the third quarter and keeping the offense on the field for about 32 minutes of the game.

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