The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears fell out of the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network poll of prep large school football teams after the third week of play, and the Thunder Mountain Falcons soared into the rankings of the small school poll for the first time this season.
JDHS lost 46-27 to North Pole and TMHS thumped Ketchikan 55-21.
“We are licking our wounds,” JDHS coach Rich Sjoroos said of the Crimson Bears’ home loss. “North Pole’s defense did a nice job of not allowing any yards after the catch.”
Teams from around the state put up some big numbers on the scoreboards in their clashes and the local high schools were not different.
The top five teams this week among large schools in the poll of state media averaged more than 46 points per game over the weekend.
Defending state champion Service (2-1) beat Cook Inlet Conference opponent East, 50-28; Palmer (3-0) of the Railbelt Conference, which remained No. 2, thumped Kodiak 49-7 in a non-league game; South (3-0) of the CIC, which stayed at No. 3, throttled conference opponent Bartlett, 49-0; No. 4 ranked North Pole (3-0) of the Railbelt beat previously fourth-ranked Juneau, 46-27, in a league game; and new No. 5 Colony (3-0) of the Railbelt racked a 39-20 conference win at Wasilla.
The Crimson Bears will play at Colony on Friday.
Small school ranked teams likewise piled up the points.
Top-ranked Eielson (3-0) beat Valdez, 53-6; No. 2 Soldotna rattled Skyview, 73-7; No. 3 Nikiski handled Houston 49-25; and No. 4 Thunder Mountain beat Ketchikan, 55-21. No. 5-ranked Kodiak, which slipped from its previous station at No. 2, was the only ranked team to lose last weekend, falling to large-school Palmer.
“We will be looking to get some respect now,” TMHS coach Bill Byouer stated. “We are planning to give Kodiak their second loss.”
Kodiak will be arriving to play Thunder Mountain on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the FALCONS CARE - MILITARY GAME, the proceeds of which will go to help Juneau resident, Marine Staff Sgt. Thomas Howard McRae. McRae was injured by an IED during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. More information on the fundraiser and previews of this weekend’s games will run in Thursday’s Sports.
Week 3 results:
South 49, Bartlett 0 / West 48, Chugiak 13 / Palmer 49, Kodiak 7 / Homer 20, Kenai 0 / Eielson 53, Valdez 6 / Sitka 29, Monroe 28 / Barrow 25, Lathrop JV 20 / North Pole 46, JDHS 27 / TMHS 55, Ketchikan 21 / Colony 39, Wasilla 20 / Dimond 25, Eagle River 10 / Service 50, East 28 / West Valley 13, Lathrop 12 / Soldotna 73, Skyview 7 / Nikiski 49, Houston 25.
Week 4 schedule:
Wednesday - Monroe at Ketchikan; Thursday -Dimond vs. East; Friday - Houston at Skyview, West vs. Bartlett, South at Chugiak, Lathrop at Wasilla, West Valley at Palmer, Juneau at Colony; Saturday - Kenai at North Pole, Valdez at Barrow, Nikiski at Seward, Service vs. Eagle River, Soldotna at Homer, Kodiak at Thunder Mountain.