The high school football season moved into week three with a collection of conference games for central peninsula teams.
The Soldotna Stars and Kenai Kardinals entered Northern Lights Conference play unbeaten in each teams two, non-conference games. The Nikiski Bulldogs played their first game against a Great Land Conference opponent; and the Skyview Panthers dealt with an unscheduled bye in their schedule.
Soldotna High 76 - Houston 28
The Soldotna Stars and the Houston Hawks each carried unbeaten 2-0 records into the NLC conference opener for the Stars. On the game’s first drive SoHi sent notice that the two unbeatens were not equal, scoring on their first drive.
The Stars held Houston on five-straight possessions; while scoring on all eight possesions in the first half. SoHi touchdowns were scored by: Drew Gibbs, 3 yard run; Jake Kooly, 37 yard run; Kooly, 37 yard interception return for TD; Trevor Walden, 20 yard pass TD; Ty Fenton, 3 yard run; Drew Fowler, 36 yard pass. The Stars added touchdowns by Drew Gibbs, 6 yard run; and Blake Riley, 1 yard run to finish the first half. First Half score 56-6 SoHi.
The Stars added four, third quarter touchdowns for a total of 76 points. Touchdowns by Kooly, 22 yard run; Bos Asimakopoulos, 1 yard run; and Brooks Furlong, 42 yard run. SoHi allowed a pair of mop-up touchdowns in the 4th quarter. Final Score: SoHi 76-Houston 28.
Nikiski High vs Barrow
The Nikiski Bulldogs opened Great land Conference play as far north as football is played; as the Bulldogs faced the Barrow Whalers in Barrow on Saturday. The week three conference opener will be the Bulldogs first game against a small-school opponent this season and the Bulldogs dominated Barrow 50-14.
Kenai Central High 78 - Homer 6
The Kardinals put their undefeated record to the test on Saturday in Homer, the Northern Lights Conference opener for the Kardinals and Kenai wasted no time establishing the run game with six Jace Daniels rushing touchdowns in the first half. Kenai scored on nine-straight possessions in the half. Daniels rushed for touchdowns of 2,15,59,2,19, and 70 yards; added a Mike Tilley 12 yard TD run and scored on a fumble recovery return by Daniels and an interception return for touchdown by Daniels. On the day, Jace Daniels accounted for 8 touchdowns in the first half; as the Kards built a 63-0 lead.
The Kardinals closed with a second half touchdown by Chase Logan and Andrew Welborn. Final Score; Kenai 78 – Homer 6.
Skyview High vs Monroe Cancelled
The Skyview Panthers received a bye for week three; as Monroe High of Fairbanks cancelled the non-conference contest at Skyview.