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Thunder Mountain solidifies spot in polls

Juneau-Douglas out on the football fringe

Posted: September 3, 2012 - 11:00pm
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Thunder Mountain's Matt Schramm wraps up Kodiak's Jemuel Medina (1) as teammates Preston Baker, hitting low, and Ofeina Soakai, coming at right, assist during Saturday's 14-13 Falcons win over the Bears.
Thunder Mountain's Matt Schramm wraps up Kodiak's Jemuel Medina (1) as teammates Preston Baker, hitting low, and Ofeina Soakai, coming at right, assist during Saturday's 14-13 Falcons win over the Bears.

The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons football team has struck a strong chord among the gridiron media brethren around the state, staying in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network media poll for the second straight week and looking to advance with another win on Saturday against Skyview. Skyview was a 52-7 loser to Monroe last week.

“That is what we needed to do,” Falcons head coach Bill Byouer said. We needed a win to make a name for ourselves in the polls.”

The Falcons (3-1) have stayed in the Mid-Smalls School poll’s fourth position with their knock down, drag out, rain-fused, 14-13 turf war win over visiting Kodiak last Saturday night. The win sent the Kodiak Bears (2-2) out of the poll. The Bears did receive media considerations this week.

Eielson (3-0) sits in first position after a bye week and plays third ranked Nikiski this weekend. Soldotna (3-1) is second after beating Homer (1-2) 38-8. The Stars play Houston this weekend.

The Nikiski Bulldogs (2-0) are third after battering Seward (1-3) 54-0 and will get a chance to shake up the polls against Eielson. Monroe Catholic (3-1) moved into the fifth position after demolishing Ketchikan (0-4) 52-7. The Rams have a bye week.

The Crimson Bears (3-1) find themselves sitting outside the bubble again this week even after nipping unbeaten Railbelt Conference foe Colony (3-1) 21-20 on the road. JDHS will host Lathrop (2-2) on Friday. Lathrop was a 48-32 winner over Wasilla last week. Colony was fifth in the polls last week, but now has fallen out and received no voting considerations.

The Large School Poll has a new number one as South (4-0) has risen two positions after walking over Cook Inlet Conference foe Chugiak (0-4) 41-3.

Palmer (4-0) has remained in the two spot with a convincing 26-7 win over Railbelt preseason favorite West Valley (2-2). North Pole (4-0) climbed up a notch to third after dismantling Kenai 43-9 and will play Railbelt foe Wasilla (1-3) this weekend. Wasilla fell to Lathrop 48-32.

Service (3-1) dropped from first to fourth with an effortless win over Cook Inlet Conference foe Eagle River (0-4) 32-0. West (3-1) is in the polls after blanking Cook Inlet Conference foe Bartlett (0-4) 35-0. The Eagles will battle against East (2-2) this weekend.

The ASBN football poll is selected by sports broadcasters and media state wide.

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