The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears turned the tables on the North Pole Patriots this weekend, for a 55 to 20 win at Adair-Kennedy field.
Within seconds after the game began, JDHS senior Demetirus Campos ran 40 yards for the first touchdown.
Shortly after, Campos had another long run on an interception, the extra point was good, and the Bears had set a formidable tone for the rest of the game.
Going into the match, North Pole was ranked first in Alaska’s medium schools’ football. Crimson Bears head coach Rich Sjoross had expected it to be the toughest conference game for both schools this season.
“They beat us here last year by 20 points,” he recalled. “They’ve got some great athletes, some tall receivers that are getting division one scholarships. And we’re just a bunch of scrappy guys from Juneau that know how to stick together and that’s what they’re doing this year.”
Sjoross thought the Patriots were stunned by the Bears.
“Obviously they were. We come out and get two quick scores on them – you can’t ask for a better start than that. And then we were just able to keep the pressure on them,” he said.
The Patriots had three touchdowns to Juneau’s eight, scored by Campos, senior Kris Hill and junior Dorian Isaak.
The Thunder Mountain Falcons’ varsity had a week off.
JDHS and North Pole are in the small Southeast Conference with the Falcons this year. KTOO will look at that move later this week.