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Soldotna’s Hunter Lott runs for a touchdown at the end of the first half Friday between Skyview’s Chad Harley and fellow Star Zane Miller.

SoHi football cruises past Skyview

Stars take 48-0 advantage in first quarter

Posted: August 25, 2012 - 12:28am  |  Updated: August 25, 2012 - 6:55pm
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Soldotna’s Zane Miller, left, and Noah Fowler, right, and another Star bring down Skyiew’s Justin West in the first quarter Friday at Skyview.

Soldotna took a 48-0 advantage in the first quarter en route to a 73-7 victory over Skyview on Friday in Northern Lights Conference play at Skyview.

The Stars, coming off a 70-0 victory over Ketchikan last week, improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the league. Skyview is 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.

The longest Soldotna went without scoring in the first quarter was 2 minutes, 39 seconds. The Panthers went three-and-out three times in the first quarter, lost three fumbles and threw an interception.

Once the Stars had the ball, they were lethal. Soldotna got its seven scores on a total of just 10 offensive plays.

SoHi junior Colton Young, who punctuated the first-quarter scoring with a 56-yard pass from Noah Fowler and a 46-yard run, said the Stars were pumped up to play their rivals. Young also had a 6-yard touchdown dash and an interception in the first quarter.

"We knew we had the talent," Young said. "We finally clicked and came together."

Soldotna coach Galen Brantley Jr. said his team played great in all three phases — offense, defense, special teams — of the game, but he said the defense stood out. The Stars took the ball away seven times — three on interceptions, four on fumbles. One of the fumbles came on special teams.

The Stars also turned two of those turnovers directly into points, with Fowler returning a fumble 31 yards for a score and Chet Henson taking an interception 26 yards for a score.

"I was extremely pleased with the level of execution, especially on defense," Brantley Jr. said. "The defensive effort in the first half was excellent."

Skyview's defense had made Nikiski use long, multiplay drives in Week 2, but the Panthers couldn't keep SoHi from big plays. The Stars also had a 43-yard scoring run from Reid Schmelzenbach and a 67-yard scoring run from Hunter Lott.

"There's a difference between running plays and executing plays, and we were executing plays tonight," Brantley Jr. said.

The coach said his team's effort showed up in the downfield blocking that makes big runs possible.

"Those were huge holes," Young said. "The offensive line did a great job for me tonight."

The Panthers came into the game dealing with injury issues, but coach Eric Pomerleau said that is no excuse.

"We're young and we're beaten up, but we need to play better," Pomerleau said. "Nobody is going to feel sorry for us."

Starter DJ Tourtelot was taken from the field on a stretcher at the end of the first quarter. Pomerleau said after the game that Tourtelot had an elbow injury, but he did not know the extent of it.

Jake Kooly, Drew Gibbs, Jared Chavez and Brooks Furlong added touchdown runs for the Stars. Zane Miller, Drew Fowler and Eli Daman added fumble recoveries for the Stars, while Max Conradi added an interception.

"We have a great linebacking corps and they did a great job getting to the ball," Brantley Jr. said. "We also got great pressure from our front four. That made it really hard for them to get yards."

Skyview was able to put together a 79-yard, eight-play scoring drive to start the second half. Quarterback Kyle Zimmerman found Tyler Howell three times for 48 yards on the drive, including a 5-yard touchdown catch.

Pomerleau said senior DJ Collier provided good leadership during the tough game.

"Turnovers really hurt us," Pomerleau said. "We came in a little shorthanded, and they really took it to us. When we made a mistake, they took advantage of it quickly."

Both squads go on the road for league games next week, with Skyview playing at Houston on Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Soldotna playing at Homer at 3 p.m. Saturday.


Stars 73, Panthers 7



1st Quarter

Sol — Schmelzenbach 43 run (Grothe kick), 10:46.

Sol — Kooly 1 run (Grothe kick), 9:54

Sol — Gibbs 3 run (Grothe kick), 8:45.

Sol — Young 6 run (kick failed), 7:20.

Sol — Fowler 31 fumble return (Young pass from Fowler), 5:29.

Sol — Young 56 pass from Fowler (Grothe kick), 2:47.

Sol — Young 46 run (kick failed), 0:48.

2nd Quarter

Sol — Lott 67 run (Grothe kick), 6:56.

Sol — Chavez 6 run (run failed), 3:10.

3rd Quarter

Sky — Howell 5 pass from Zimmerman (Jones kick), 6:46.

Sol — Furlong 1 run (run failed), 1:03.

4th Quarter

Sol — Henson 26 interception return (run failed), 10:19.



First downs44


Passing yards5666


Return yards850






Rushing — Soldotna: Schmelzenbach 1-56, Fowler 4-86, Young 4-89, Kooly 1-1, Gibbs 1-3, Fenton 1-(-1), Lott 1-67, Chavez 4-26, Furlong 4-72, Riley 1-3. Skyview: Tourtelot 5-8, Zimmerman 11-(-25), West 3-14, Collier 6-20, Edwards 2-4.

Passing — Soldotna: Fowler 2-2-0—56. Skyview: Zimmerman 5-11-3—66.

Receiving — Soldotna: Miller 1-20, Young 1-56. Skyview: Howell 5-66.

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fishingis4play 08/25/12 - 03:15 am
Pretty low class of a head

Pretty low class of a head coach to keep the first sting team on the field after racking up an overwelming first quarter lead and continuing to run the score up on a team clearly out gunned. Don't get me wrong sohi's players played a great game but the coaches taught their team nothing about how to win with class. It takes a player with more guts and heart to continue to walk up to the line of scrimmage and continue to play the game of football when losing so badly then a near sighted head coach who thinks winning is all there is to teach our kids. There is more to being a winner than Championships won, respect is a good start!

liftit 08/25/12 - 05:04 am
What proof do you have that

What proof do you have that Sohi kept their starters in? Drew Gibbs isn't the #1 back on the team, so I know that they weren't just handing it to the #1 guy and letting him go with it. Knowing Coach Brantley, and what he is trying to do with the program, I'd be VERY surprised if he wasn't playing a few of his JV players for a good portion of the game.

Regardless of the score, however, the boys need to take full advantage of game situations. We're very early in our short season, and these kids need to practice execution if they want to be succesful against more formidable opponents. It's one thing to get repetition in practice, but it's a whole different type of execution when you're playing against the best your opponent has to offer, with officials on the field.

Excellent job, Stars! It pains me to say that, being a Kenai grad, but I've coached a few of these Stars and I know they have heart.

Walden99 08/25/12 - 06:39 am

Just letting you both know that at the end of the first quarter he pulled his starters, and he put in his JV. The reason I know that is because IM ON THE TEAM. So before you think about going and talking smack behind a coaches back, think about what you say. You think he has low class? He's not the one on a peninsula website talking trash. That's uncalled for. I'm sure if you would go tell him what you think face to face he would appreciate that. Rather than saying all this on a website.

liftit 08/25/12 - 03:19 pm
I thought that was the case,

I thought that was the case, Trevor. ;) Good game, sir.

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