Year in school: Senior
6-foot-2 202 pounds
* Notable accomplishment:
In a Class B state
semifinal last Saturday in the Carrier Dome, Juriga enjoyed his
finest passing day of the season in the Blue Devils' 28-14
victory-- which landed them a berth in the final for a second
Juriga completed three of five passes
for 131 yards-- all in the first half, and all three completions
for touchdowns. His 12 rushes went for 75 yards and included a
41-yard gain on an option play to set up the second touchdown.
* Athlete's perspective:
"I'd never have
expected in my wildest dreams to throw for three touchdowns in
the first half of a state semifinal," Juriga said. "I
loved the coaches' decision to air it out some and get away from
the conservative approach a little bit.
"Obviously, we're a running team
and we're not going to pass too often. But you do what you need
to do to win ballgames." ...
"It was by far the most physical
game we've played all season. Compliments to them for playing a
great game, shutting us down a little bit. But like in previous
weeks, we kept our composure and hung in there, didn't allow
* Coach's perspective:
Asked if, given his team's
path to victory over Bath, maybe the book on Forks' offense
needs to be changed, Blue Devils coach Kelsey Green said:
"I don't know-- I hope so, maybe
(Harrison) will loosen up a little bit on us and we can do some
things on them. Kelsey (Jenks) made a heck of a run on the
option, Matt made a few nice runs on the option and he put the
ball where it had to be put."
"We wanted to get
pressure on him," Bath coach Wayne Carroll said. "(In
the quarterfinal round), we got pressure on the quarterback,
this week, we didn't get a lot of pressure on the quarterback
and it went over our heads a couple of times.
"Give them credit, they made
Other sports: Lacrosse, basketball.
Outside of sports: Interests include weight training,
In the classroom: National Honor Society member.
Immediate goal: To claim Class B state football
Long-range goal: To play lacrosse or football at the
-- KEVIN STEVENS