Juneau’s Ali Beya breaks tackles by Antelope Union’s Sam Martinez, left, and Chris Pelfry to score in the first quarter at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s Ali Beya breaks tackles by Antelope Union’s Sam Martinez, left, and Chris Pelfry to score in the first quarter at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Empire Live: Huskies open home schedule against far-off foe

Follow along for live updates.

9:51 p.m.

Juneau takes a 56-18 victory over Antelope!

9:35 p.m.

Juneau lineman Sam Sika gets in on the action with a 13-yard touchdown run.

End of third quarter: Juneau 58, Antelope 18.

9:15 p.m.

Juneau’s Danny Isaak pads Juneau’s lead early in the third quarter with a 30-yard touchdown reception.

Midway third quarter: Juneau 49, 12.

8:33 p.m.

Juneau leads Antelope 42-12 at halftime.

8:20 p.m.

Noah Chambers completed a 94-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kriegmont, who scored again minutes later, this time on an 11-yard run. Juneau up 42-12.

8 p.m.

Juneau and Antelope trade touchdowns in the opening two minutes of the second quarter.

Antelope’s Sam Martinez made a 3-yard rushing touchdown, but the Huskies answered back as Ali Beya scored to put Juneau up 27-12.

7:45 p.m.

The Juneau Huskies furnished about 200 yards of offense in the first quarter, and lead 21-6. Junior Cooper Kriegmont has been the star on offense. Kriegmont made a 43-yard touchdown run on Juneau’s opening drive, and then reeled in a 14-yard pass from Noah Chambers to go up 14-6 with 5:52 left.

The Huskies scored a third touchdown minutes later on Ali Beya’s 16-yard run.

6:50 p.m.

Fans are filing through the gates here at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field as we near kickoff.

Here’s Juneau coach Rich Sjoroos on the excitement of his team.

5:20 p.m.

The Empire will be bringing you live coverage of tonight’s high school football game between the Juneau Huskies and Antelope Rams.

There’s a lot of excitement riding on this game — for the players and fans. It’s the Huskies’ home opener, and Juneau’s first time seeing Rich Sjoroos on the sidelines again in six years. Sjoroos, a well-respected football coach at Juneau-Douglas High School, was hired in December to take over the second-year program.

The Huskies are one of the local sports teams that draws players from both JDHS and Thunder Mountain. But unlike the tennis and wrestling teams, the football team isn’t housed at either JDHS or TMHS (thus the unique mascot).

For Antelope, visiting all the way from Arizona, it’s a chance to play in a place they’ve likely only seen on TV. Hailing from the small town of Wellton, located 30 miles east of Yuma, it will be the Rams’ first game of the season.

According to MaxPreps.com, the Rams last year were ranked No. 21 in the state for Division 2A. It’s a little surprising they weren’t ranked higher after finishing the year 8-3 and outscoring opponents 384-162 (!).

Tonight’s game will be their season opener. Next week, they’ll be in Pheonix playing against Cortez. Like you might expect, the Rams are used to playing in much, much hotter weather.

Now, hear from Antelope head coach Gary Mauldin, courtesy of KYMA-DT.

• Contact sports reporter Nolin Ainsworth at 523-2272 or nainsworth@juneauempire.com

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