Maybe it's a good thing the Juneau-Douglas High School football team didn't move up a spot this week in the Anchorage Daily News-Alaska State Football Coaches Poll released Monday.
Juneau remained second in the poll, as the West Anchorage Eagles leapfrogged over the Crimson Bears to take the No. 1 spot in voting among the state's large-school coaches.
The top spot in the poll was open this week because West (3-0), then ranked third, upset then-No. 1 Service 33-31 on Saturday. Juneau (3-0) blanked unranked Palmer 17-0 on Friday to remain undefeated this season.
"I'm just glad we're not No. 1," Juneau coach Reilly Richey said after Monday's practice. "If we were (No.) 1, we'd have to run a lot of sprints just to humble the kids."
Following Juneau in the poll are Chugiak (2-1), North Pole (3-0) and Service (2-1). Chugiak and North Pole both moved up one spot from last week's rankings.
While Juneau stayed No. 2 in the coaches poll, it did move to the top spot in the AlaskaPreps.com rankings, compiled by Elmore Laws of Anchorage. West is No. 2 in that list, followed by Chugiak, Service and Dimond, the team that plays Juneau at 8 p.m. Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
"The other one's not worth mentioning," said Richey, who used Juneau's No. 5 ranking in last week's AlaskaPreps.com list as motivation for his team's game with Palmer, which was ranked third last week. "Now that it doesn't work to our advantage we're not paying attention to it. ... We go back and forth, whichever one works to our advantage. If we have to, we'll make our own poll."
Even though the season's just three weeks old, the rankings have been in a state of constant chaos. Only West, Juneau and North Pole remain unbeaten among the large schools, while the small-school poll's No. 1 Eielson and No. 5 Kodiak are the only undefeated teams at that level.
"I still feel like we have to win another conference game and then win on the road," Richey said. "There's a lot of parity. It sounds like anyone can beat anyone this year."
ALASKA STATE FOOTBALL POLLS
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News. The poll lists each team with first-place votes in parentheses, records through games of Aug. 23, total poll points and previous rank in the poll. Points are awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. Large schools coaches vote only in the large schools poll, while small schools coaches vote for small schools.
Team rec pts prv
1. West Anchorage (8) 3-0 52 3
2. Juneau-Douglas (3) 3-0 42 2
3. Chugiak 2-1 28 4
4. North Pole 3-0 19 5
5. Service 2-1 15 1
Others receiving votes: Dimond, 2-1, 6; Lathrop, 2-1, 1; East Anchorage, 1-2, 1; Palmer, 1-2, 1.
Team rec pts prv
1. Eielson (4) 3-0 36 2
2. Kenai Central (4) 2-1 30 1
3. Nikiski 2-1 21 3
4. Soldotna 0-3 16 4
5. Kodiak 2-0 6 -
Others receiving votes: Skyview, 1-2, 5; Houston, 1-2, 2, Homer, 1-2, 1.
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