Saturday football roundup: Homer, Seward win; Kenai loses

The host Barrow football team defeated Kenai Central 8-6 on Saturday in nonconference action.

The two teams are both in the Mid Alaska Conference, but since this was the first of two games against each other, this game was nonconference. The conference game will be Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at Kenai Central.

The game was scoreless at the half, but Bobby Hayes got Kenai on the board when he caught a short pass and turned it into a long touchdown. The Kardinals were unable to convert the point after.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Whalers scored on a quarterback keep by Dwight Unutoa. Unutoa then threw a two-point conversion to Ethan Goodwin for an 8-6 lead.

After a penalty on the kickoff forced a re-kick, the Kardinals fumbled on the kickoff and Barrow was able to drain the clock.

“Team played like warriors,” Kenai head coach Jake Brand said in a text message. “Very proud of them.”

Both squads are now 1-1 overall.

Kenai travels to play Redington on Friday at 7 p.m. in another game that will be nonconference. The Huskies are 0-2 this season, taking big losses to Houston and Homer.

Homer 66, Redington 18

The host Mariners, the defending Division III state champions, moved to 2-0 overall and dropped Redington to 0-2 in the Saturday nonconference game.

The two teams will play their Mid Alaska game Sept. 22.

Homer quarterback Preston Stanislaw and utility player Chris Martishev had massive games in a contest that started with a long Redington touchdown pass but turned into a rout by Homer.

Stanislaw had 14 runs for 108 yards and four scores, and also was 9 of 12 for three touchdowns and 244 yards through the air.

Martishev had five catches for 141 yards and three touchdowns. He also had an interception return for a touchdown.

CJ Burns also ran in a score for Homer, which led 22-6 after a quarter and 44-18 at the half.

The Mariners defense was able to force six turnovers — three on interceptions and three on fumble recoveries. Homer also scored a pair of points on a safety.

The Mariners turned the ball over twice — once on an interception and once on a fumble.

Homer travels to play Kodiak on Friday at 6 p.m. This one will count in the Mid Alaska Conference. The Bears are 0-2, having taken big losses to Kenai and Houston.

Mariners 66, Huskies 18

Redington 6 12 0 0 —18

Homer 22 22 22 0 —66

1st Quarter

Red — No. 81 65 pass from No. 10 (conversion failed).

Hom — Stanislaw 2 run (conversion failed).

Hom — Martishev 73 pass from Stanislaw (Burns pass from Stanislaw).

Hom — Martishev 22 interception return (Tappan run).

2nd Quarter

Hom — Martishev 28 pass from Stanislaw (Tappan run).

Red — No. 81 67 pass from No. 10 (conversion failed).

Red — No. 81 28 pass from No. 10 (conversion failed).

Hom — Martishev 12 pass from Stanislaw (conversion failed).

Hom — Stanislaw 10 run (Tappan run).

3rd Quarter

Hom — Stanislaw 40 run (conversion failed).

Hom — Stanislaw 35 run (Stanislaw run).

Hom — safety.

Hom — Burns 23 run (conversion failed).

Red Hom

First downs 10 15

Rushes-yards 19-(-19) 28-162

Passing yards 215 244

Comp-att-int 12-35-3 9-12-1

Fumbles-lost 3-3 2-1

Penalties-yards 6-49 8-79


Rushing — Homer: Stanislaw 14-108, Burns 5-23, Reutov 3-19, Tappan 5-16, Grimes 1-(-4).

Passing — Homer: Stanislaw 9-12-1—244.

Receving — Homer: Martishev 5-141, Tappan 3-75, Burns 1-28.

Seward 41, Valdez 14

Both teams opened up nine-man play Saturday in Seward with a nonconference game.

The Great Land Conference is made up of Nikiski, Seward, Eielson and Valdez. There are six regular season games, with each team doing a home and away contest against the others in the conference. Only the second game counts in the conference standings.

Seward head coach Tyler Mallory said in a text message that Kupono Albino led the team on offense and Jerick Senecal led the team on defense.

Albino ran for three touchdowns, while quarterback Brett Gilmore threw a touchdown pass to Gideon Schrock and also ran for a touchdown. Lane Petersen also ran in a score for the Seahawks.

Senecal forced two fumbles and recovered another.

The Seahawks host Nikiski on Friday at 5 p.m. in a nonconference contest.

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