With victories for the Nikiski Bulldogs over Eielson, the Soldotna Stars over Skyview and a bye week for the Kardinals; the conference championships for the Great Land Conference and the Northern Lights Conference–Maybe?
Nikiski 35 – Eielson 20
A 29-point offensive explosion by the Bulldogs in the second quarter pushed the Bulldogs to a 35-20 GLC victory over the defending small-school state champion Ravens. The Bulldog defense held Eielson to under 100 yards rushing and held Eielson to a single touchdown in the first half.
In the second quarter, Nikiski recorded touchdowns by Micheal Stangel, 75-yard run; Garrett Feller, 60-yard run; Stangel, 2-yard run; and Christian Riddall, 32-yard run. First Half score: 29-6 Bulldogs.
Nikiski added a Riddall 40-yard run for a final, 4th quarter score. For the game, Nikiski amassed nearly 400 yards of total offense with four touchdown runs over 30 yards.
Both Nikiski and Eielson have locked-in spots for the upcoming Great Land Conference football playoffs.
However, the seeding is still in question.
A win for Nikiski over Monroe on Saturday at Nikiski, and the Bulldogs will be the top seed. A loss for the Bulldogs and a three-way tie results in the GLC standings. The tie-breaker would be a coin-flip between Eielson, Monroe and Nikiski will determine the seeding from 1st to 3rd for the small school championship playoffs.
SoHi 54 – Skyview 0
The undefeated Soldotna Stars improved to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Northern Lights Conference, and guarenteed a home playoff game in the first round of the Medium School playoffs with a 54-0 shutout of the Skyview Panthers.
In the final meeting between the two Soldotna area schools, both teams, in a concerted effort, managed the clock and ran the football to help shorten the game.
The SoHi offense scored on all six possessions in the first half with touchdowns scored by five different players. The Stars were without starting runningbacks Drew Gibbs and Blake Riley and had other players out with injuries; that allowed backup and junior varisty players extended playing time. Most SoHi starters played only the first quarter. For the game, SoHi touchdowns were scored by: Nick Griglione (3), Jared Chavez (2), Jake Kooly, Colton Young, Ty Fenton.
SoHi travels to KCHS to face the Kardinals in the final regular season game on Saturday, October 5th at Ed Hollier Field. Both teams have clinch home playoff games; the winner of the SoHi – Kenai game will play the #4 seed from the NLC in the first round, the loser plays the #3 seed. The loser will also be on the same side of the playoff bracket as the Southeast Conference champion for the NLC semi-final round.