Juneau-Douglas High School dazzled the home crowd with a stunning air show Saturday en route to a 39-7 win over North Pole in the state football quarterfinals.
Crimson Bears quarterback Chris Hinkley completed 16-of-26 passes for 222 yards and six touchdowns in the win.
"It's playoff time and it's time to step it into gear," Hinkley said. "We're getting better every week. That's been our mission the whole season."
Hinkley completed three touchdown passes to Ryan Fagerstrom and also connected on scoring strikes to Angelo Katasse, Josh Lehauli and Brian Maller in the win.
"When you've got receivers that we've got, it's pretty easy," Hinkley said. "Ryan Fagerstrom had awesome catches. It's kind of funny, he makes these highlight-reel catches and it's not even cool anymore because he does it every time. ... It's really easy to be quarterback with a cast of great receivers and a great offensive line."
The junior wasted little time putting Juneau-Douglas (8-1) on the board. Hinkley connected with Katasse on a 26-yard TD pass on the game's first drive. A two-point conversion failed, however, which left the Bears with a 6-0 lead.
North Pole responded later in the quarter, however, to take the lead.
Sheyenne Graywood's 5-yard TD plunge capped a bruising 11 play, 48 yard drive that was run exclusively on the ground.
Ray Barbaza's extra point put the Patriots (4-5) ahead 7-6.
The Crimson Bears refused to be rattled, though, and scored 33 unanswered points to advance to the state semifinals.
Hinkley completed two TD passes to Fagerstrom in the first quarter as JDHS took a 19-7 lead.
The junior remained hot in the first half as he led the team on two more scoring drives to give JDHS a 33-7 lead at halftime.
Senior tailback Tres Saldivar led the Crimson Bears in rushing with 83 yards on nine carries.
"What they do, they do well," North Pole coach Buck Nystrom said. "They do it better on offense than what we did on defense. Some of the mistakes we made were mind-boggling, but everything that we've seen from them we saw tonight."
The Patriots struggled to mount an offense charge against the Crimson Bears.
North Pole quarterback Justin Miller completed 4-of-13 passes for 67 yards and an interception, but failed to hit a receiver in the first half.
Jacob Borkovec rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries in the loss.
North Pole's defense, however, had no answer for Juneau-Douglas' aerial attack.
The Crimson Bears will face East Anchorage on Saturday in the state semifinals.
"This definitely prepares us for next week because we're playing a great East team," Hinkley said. "We're looking forward to it."
Defensively for Juneau-Douglas, Kanaan Bausler made an interception while Alex Robinson recovered a fumble. Joe Kohan had two sacks in the win.
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