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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Maake preserves Juneau-Douglas football team's perfect record with key tackle

Jeremiah Bartz
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA - If Juneau-Douglas High School's Silver Maake makes a big play, more often than not, it's on the offensive side of the ball. But on Saturday, Maake made the play of the game on defense.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore stuffed Wasilla's two-point conversion attempt with 2 minutes and 36 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Crimson Bears hold onto a 13-12 victory over the Warriors during a downpour at Veterans Memorial Field.

After Wasilla junior Chris Crane scored his second touchdown of the game to cut the score to 13-12, the Warriors (3-2, 1-2 Railbelt Conference) opted to give the ball back to their top running back and go for the win.

"(Silver) read that sweep coming and just came up hard, smacked that guy and knocked that ball loose," Juneau-Douglas head coach Bill Chalmers said. "That was a game-saver."

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