Soldotna remains atop the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Poll after four weeks of football action with their 64-6 win over the Thunder Mountain Falcons at TMHS Field. The Falcons (2-2) play at North Pole (3-1) for a chance to take over the second spot in the Southeast Conference, currently held by the Patriots. Juneau-Douglas High School (4-0), a 33-24 winner at Colony, sits atop the Southeast with victories over over all conference opponents except the Falcons, who they have not met this season and will play in the finale on October 4. Sitka High School has returned to the gridiron with junior varsity games and just 16 players. The TMHS JV will travel to Sitka Sept. 21 and will host Sitka Sept. 28 prior to the Falcons’ varsity Senior Night contest against Ketchikan. Top ranking Soldotna will host Northern Lights foe, and fifth ranked, Kodiak (2-1) with possible playoff implications on the line. Medium schools expanded from four to eight playoff teams. Currently all four Southeast Conference teams will be in the playoffs as Sitka is undetermined as a varsity consideration, meaning the SE’s 1 and 4 play each other and 2 and 3 play each other in the first round at the higher seed’s home. As will the Northern Lights 1&4, 2&3. Semifinals are at Dimond High School and the finals at Anchorage Football Stadium. In all, 20 of the state’s 31 teams (64.5 percent) will make the playoffs. Eight of 13 teams (61.5 percent) in the large-school division qualify for the postseason, as well as eight of 11 (72.7 percent) of teams in the medium-school division and four of seven teams (57.1 percent) in the small-school division.
Last week’s large school action saw Anchorage’s South High, the defending state champs, return to the top of the polls after beating Eagle River 24-0 and getting help from the Chugiak Mustangs timely win over Service 27-26. Chugiak will have a chance to play spoiler again as they play at South, while Service will host Eagle River. Lathrop can make a case for the top spot if they can put up some big numbers over Colony, while Palmer needs to show strong against Homer to remain at three.
1. Soldotna 4-0 (beat TMHS 64-6) vs. Kodiak (lost 22-21 Kenai)
2. Juneau-Douglas 4-0 (beat Colony 33-24) vs. Foss (Wash.)
3. Kenai 4-0 (beat Kodiak 22-21) vs. Houston
4. North pole 2-1 (beat Ketchikan 61-6) vs. Thunder MT (lost 64-6 Soldotna)
5. Kodiak 2-1 (lost 22-21 Kenai) vs. Soldotna (beat TMHS 64-6)
Other receiving votes Eielson
1. South 3-1 (beat Eagle River 24-0) vs. Chugiak 3-1 (beat Service 27-26).
2. Lathrop 4-0 (beat Wasilla 42-32) vs. Colony (lost 33-24 JDHS)
3. Palmer 3-1 (lost 42-7 Woodinville Wash.) vs. Homer
4. Chugiak 3-1 (beat Service 27-26) vs. South (beat Eagle River 24-0)
5. Service 3-1 (lost 27-26 Chugiak) vs. Eagle River (lost 24-0 South)
Last Week’s Scores:
Saturday - South 24, Eagle River 0; Eielson 71, Barrow 14; Homer 30, Skyview 0; Monroe 35, Valdez 2; Nikiski 56, Seward 6; Chugiak 27, Service 26; Kenai 22, Kodiak 21.
Friday - West Valley 41, Houston 12; West 29, East 6; Lathrop 42, Wasilla 32; Dimond 16, Bartlett 0; Soldotna 64, Thunder Mountain 6; Juneau 33, Colony 24; Woodinville (Wash.) 42, Palmer 7.
Wednesday - North Pole 61, Ketchikan 6.