Seward football earns opening-day win, Homer falls

  • By Staff Report
  • Saturday, August 12, 2017 10:58pm
  • Sports

The Seward football program got its Southcentral Conference championship defense off and running Saturday with a 32-12 win over nonconference opponent Valdez in Seward.

The Seahawks got two scoring plays from Beau Freiberg and one each from Brandon Lynch, Gabe Schrock and Shayne Sullivan, and the 32 points were more than Seward scored in all but one of its games last year, something Seward head coach Kelly Cinereski attributed to a talented but young offensive line.

“The kids played hard,” Cinereski said. “They did the little things right, and did what we asked them to do.”

Cinereski said the Valdez coach has the Seahawks down for over 400 yards of offense, and added the Seward defense stepped up and played as a team.

Cinereski also said Valdez successfully recovered three onside kicks, something that was made more doable with the rain, but the breaks went both ways as Seward grabbed several turnovers on Valdez.

“They played well, but they fumbled a few times,” Cinereski said. “It was a wet and sloppy game, and we capitalized on that.”

Seward will take to the road next week in a nonconference clash with the defending division III state champions.

Kodiak 21, Homer 8

The Mariners opened their 2017 season with a loss Saturday to Kodiak at home.

Homer got off to a fast start with a 40-yard pick six by Teddy Croft, who intercepted Bears quarterback Shaun Walton and raced to the endzone for a 6-0 lead. The Mariners added two points on a run by Noah Fisk.

However, Kodiak came back with 21 unanswered points, starting with a short 1-yard pass by Walton to receiver Isaiah Galindez in the final seconds of the first half to close the gap to 8-7. 

Kodiak took the lead early in the third quarter with a 1-yard carry by Kaleb Finley to go up 14-8, then added to their lead less than three minutes later on an 8-yard run by Hamo Sega.

Finley finished with 100 rushing yards on 19 carries to lead Kodiak, while Walton hit 8-of-15 passes for 126 yards. Overall, Kodiak outgained Homer 322 to 178 in offensive yards.

Croft and Dawson Felde combined to go 0-for-7 with two interceptions. Fisk led the team in rushing with 73 yards on 19 carries, while Croft had 68 yards on 14 runs, and had two picks on defense.

More in Sports

Soldotna's Ariana Cannava skis her team to third place in the 4-by-3-kilometer relay at the state Nordic ski meet at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Photo courtesy of Danika Winslow)
State skiing: Kenai girls, boys take DII honors

The Kenai Peninsula had plenty to shout about Thursday, Friday and Saturday… Continue reading

The Kenai River Brown Bears celebrate a goal during a game against Fairbanks at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River Brown Bears snap losing skid with win over Fairbanks

It was the team’s first win since Dec. 2

Soldotna’s Kaytlin McAnelly, backed by teammate Izzy Cruz, moves with the ball against defensive play by Houston’s Andi Robinson during a basketball game at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Friday hoops: Soldotna splits with Houston on senior night

Nikiski girls and boys also took on Grace Christian

The Kenai River Brown Bears celebrate a goal by Dylan Contreras, center, during a hockey game at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears topped by Ice Dogs

The two teams play again Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Kenai’s Reid Titus collects high fives from the bleachers after making an unlikely shot during a basketball game at Nikiski Middle/High School in Nikiski, Alaska, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Tuesday hoops: Kenai sweeps Nikiski

The Kenai girls and boys teams both came out on top

Martin Flores skis into the finish to win the 40-kilometer Double Tour while carrying an Alaska flag during the Tour of Tsalteshi at Tsalteshi Trails near Soldotna, Alaska, on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Skiers, bikers turn out for Seventh Annual Tour of Tsalteshi

Racers came from across the Kenai Peninsula and beyond and competed in a variety of lengths and modes of travel

ski tease
Soldotna girls, Kenai boys win borough ski meet

The event took place Saturday at Lookout Mountain Recreation Area

hoops tease
Monday hoops: CIA sweeps Nanwalek

The host Ninilchik boys and girls swept Effie Kokrine

Most Read