Week five of the high school football season reiterated the local dominance of the Northern Lights Conference as the Kardinals and Stars faced opponents which have been defeated by the other, and both recorded impressive victories. Skyview traveled out of conference to Barrow, falling to the Whalers and Nikiski overpowered the Bucs inValdez for a Great Land Conference contest.
Kenai 44 - Houston 0
The Kenai Kardinals celebrated Homecoming 2013 with a Northern Lights Conference shutout 44-0 victory over Houston on Friday Kenai’s Ed Hollier Field.
The Kardinals stand at 3-0 in the NLC and 5-0 overall. Kenai’s defense held the Hawks to zero points and held the offense to just over 100 total yards.
Kenai’s ground game amassed nearly 300 yards lead by Mike Tilley and Chase Logan, each scoring two touchdowns and Tilley accounting for 155 yards. Kenai’s defense contributed a safety and an interception return by Chase Gillies of 76 yards and a touchdown.
The Kardinals continue conference play with a match-up against the Skyview Panthers on Saturday.
Nikiski 57 – Valdez 6
The Bulldogs traveled to Valdez for a Great Land Conference contest and had little trouble with the Buccaneers.
Nikiski downed the Bucs 57-6, scoring all of their points in the first three quarters. Micheal Stangel recorded two touchdowns and ran for 145 yards; Jesse Eide carried for 128 yards and added three touchdowns.Nikiski’s defense recorded a safety, an interception return for touchdown, and held Valdez to negative total yards for the game.
Nikiski improves to 3-0 in the Great land Conference.
Skyview 8 - Barrow 38
Skyview traveled North to Barrow for a non-conference pairing against the Barrow Whalers. The Whalers defeated the Panthers 38-8. The Panthers are 0-2 in NLC play and 1-3 overall. The Skyview – Barrow game was the final non-conference contest for the Panthers, who close-out the season with three conference games. The Panthers face the Kenai Kardinals at KCHS on Saturday.
Soldotna 63 – Kodiak 0
The Unbeaten Soldotna Stars returned to Northern Lights Conference action on Saturday shutting-out the Kodiak Bears 63-0. The Stars began a four-game run through the NLC with the first of three consecutive home games dismantling the Bears, allowing Kodiak 54 rushing yards on 41 attempts. The SoHi defense recorded a safety and posted a shutout of the Bears. Colton Young, senior quarterback threw for four touchdowns on five completed passes and Young rushed for two touchdowns. Drew Gibbs added a rushing and receiving touchdown; Jake Kooly and Blake Riley added rushing touchdowns. The Stars are averaging 61 points per game and the starting defense has allowed only one touchdown to NLC opponents.