Juneau falls to Service in high-scoring football season opener

    The 2019 Juneau Huskies football team.

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Huskies gridiron gang took a loss in the first game of the season, falling to the Service Cougars 58-42 on the road.

    Gabby Soto led for the Huskies in scoring with three touchdowns.

    In the first quarter, the Huskies started what appeared to be a promising drive on the 27-yard line after Noah Chambers was roughed up at quarterback. The penalty was called by the officials and Chambers followed it up with a four-play drive that featured Ali Beya.

    And then, from the two-yard line, a fumble at the line of scrimmage gave it back to the Cougars, who scored two touchdowns, though they missed a PAT on one of them.

    Trailing 13-0, it took a 37-yard direct snap run by Gabby Soto to score the first blood for the Huskies. Soto followed up with another touchdown run after a strip against Service. That gave Juneau a one-point margin at 14-13.

    And then Danny Isaak caught a deep fade and took it into the endzone for a 20-13 lead. An even bigger play came next on a 79-yard Kamron Falls pick that he ran back for another score.

    With nine seconds left in the first half, Service scored a touchdown, but Juneau blocked the PAT to keep a 27-26 lead.

    Soto scored again from the five-yard line in the waning minutes of the game, and Dawson Hickok also scored late in the game, but the second half was all Cougars as they scored five more times to take a 58-42 lead and the win.

    Chambers also had an interception against Service during his defensive performance in the fourth quarter.

    Soto was named as the Juneau Radio Center Subway Player of the Game.

    Juneau will host Antelope (Arizona) next Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. The team will face Dimond in Anchorage on Aug. 30.

    Kayhi falls to Barrow in home opener

    The Ketchikan Kings varsity football team lost Friday's home non-conference game against Barrow by a score of 42-16 at Esther Shea Field in Ketchikan.

    Next up, the Kings will face Eielson AFB on the road on Aug. 31.

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