Huskies Coach Breaks Down West Loss as East Approaches

    Juneau senior Gabi Soto (3) finds yards with blocking help from junior Chris Harris (5), junior TJ Womack (55) and senior Noah Chambers (8) in this file photo from early season action. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau coach Rich Sjoroos and the Huskies fell from the ranks of the unbeaten 49-23 to West last weekend and will host top ranked East on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Adair Kennedy Field. The Huskies have beaten Colony 53-12 and Dimond 35-6 on their home AKF.

    “I told them before the game that nobody wins a state title today,” Sjoroos said. “But our goal obviously is to win, you always shoot for that every time you take the field. At this point in the season too you want to be a better football team than you started the game.”

      HUSKIES STATS VS WEST

    Passing: Noah Chambers 11-23 for 128 yards.

    Rushing: Gaby Soto rushed 17 times for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Jamal Johnson rushed 16 times for 47 yards and one touchdown. Payton Grant rushed two times for 22 yards. Chambers rushed five times.

    Receiving: Jamal Johnson caught three passes for 71 yards. Wallace Adams caught four passes for 19 yards. Payton Grant caught one pass for 19 yards. James Connally caught one pass for 12 yards. Matt Hartsock caught one pass for six yards. Gaby Soto caught one pass for one yard.

    Interceptions: Juneau - Wallace Adams 1.

    Turnovers: Juneau 0, West 1.

      SCORE BY QUARTER

    West      7 -  7 - 21 - 14 = 49

    Juneau   0 - 15 - 0  - 8  = 23

      “I think we are going to be able to look at a lot of areas today,” Sjoroos said. “Just learning that some new players that can fill some roles and different things like that. I think we will be able to walk away and think ‘you know we did get better in a lot of areas.’ And there are some things they did expose us a little bit, especially when it came to tackling in the second half and things like that. But that is something you can always continue to work on and our effort was there. The determination was there and you just have to give credit to West because they are a well coached team and they definitely didn’t let the one point deficit at halftime rattle them. They came out and played a very strong second half.”

    HOW THEY SCORED

    1ST QTR

    3:20 - Eagles - Sloan 24-yard run. Brune PAT. 7-0.

    2ND QTR

    10:48 - Huskies - Johnson 2-yard run. 2-pt conversion Chambers pass to Harris. 8-7.

    8:20 - Eagles - Sloan 3-yard run. Brune PAT. 14-8.

    2:20 - Huskies - Soto 7-yard run. Adams PAT. 15-14.

    3RD QTR

    10:24 - Eagles - Steeves-Litte 25-yard pass to Lyken. Brune PAT. 21-15.

    7:31 - Eagles - Sloan 15-yard run. Brune PAT. 28-15.

    3:35 - Eagles - Sloan 13-yard run. Brune PAT. 35-15.

    4TH QTR

    11:10 - Huskies - Soto 1-yard run. 2-pt conversion Soto run. 23-35.

    6:35 - West - Sloan 1-yard run. Brune PAT. 42-23.

    2:10 - West - Sloan 6-yard run. Brune PAT. 49-23.

    Huskies junior running back Jamal Johnson (7) takes a direct snap as senior quarterback Noah Chambers (8) fakes a handoff to junior Chris Harris (5) in this file photo against Dimond. (Klas Stolpe)

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