Juneau Huskies play their long-time rival Colony Knights, 19-6

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Huskies put up a good fight against Colony Knights Friday night at Adair-Kennedy.
Juneau Huskies vs Colony Knights (Photo credit Jasz Garrett/KINY)

Above photo credit to Jasz Garrett/KINY

Rich Sjoroos, head coach of Juneau Huskies varsity, talked to News of the North after the game. 

“At this point in the season, we’re just still trying to find that right chemistry with the guys we have and we’ve had, you know, a lot of different lineup changes and different people in and out. So, you know I think in spurts tonight we found some good things but definitely need to keep working towards that four-quarter complete game. And it was great last week to go on the road and get a win,” he said. “So, they got some of that confidence going and stuff. It showed itself in flashes tonight but definitely, you know, would have liked to come out on top against Colony. They’ve been a big rival for us over the years and you know, credit to them. Their defense really played a great game against us and kept us out of the endzone and they got enough points on the board to beat us.”

He said that their win last week in Seattle was a good boost for the players. Juneau came out on top against the Auburn Trojans 55-49.

“That was great experience for the kids and just kind of a polar opposite of this game. Was real high scoring back and forth, lots of big plays and you know, this one was more of a grinded out type game,” Sjoroos said. “The kids, you know, kept their heads up and kept their composure. Tried the best they could and just unfortunately we came up a little bit short.”

J/V also won against Auburn 36-14. 

Next Saturday, Sept. 23, the Huskies hit the road again to play West Anchorage. 

The Juneau Huskies senior night is fast approaching. It will be their last home game of the season at Adair-Kennedy on Saturday, Sept. 30. They’ll be playing against South Anchorage.

Senior festivities will be at 2:30 p.m. and kickoff will be at 3. 

Sjoroos encouraged the community to come out and support their local football team.

“That’ll be a big emotional day for all the seniors and everything, so it will be hopefully a great way to send them off on their final home game of their career,” he said.

Juneau Youth Football League (JYFL) will also plan festivities for Sept. 30. 

Friday’s game also challenged fans to wear their best glow gear and neon outfits to win snack shack credit.

Morale is important for the Huskies and the cheerleaders Friday amped up the audience, smiles unfaltering despite the persistent rain. 

Above: The Huskies return after halftime and run through the Juneau Huskies cheerleaders’ banners. (Photo credit Jasz Garrett/KINY) Below are more photos from Friday’s game. (Photo credit Jasz Garrett/KINY)