Lathrop cruised past host Nikiski 54-0 on Saturday in nonconference football action.
The Malemutes improved to 2-0 overall, while Nikiski dropped to 0-2. Lathrop defeated Nikiski 44-41 last season.
“Lathrop is really good,” Nikiski coach Scott Anderson said. “They are a lot better than the team we played last year.”
Anderson said the Malemutes have a diverse attack that was tough to slow down, particularly for a Nikiski team playing six sophomores.
The Malemutes took a 19-0 lead in the first quarter as Braedon Hoppough had an interception return, and Derrick O’Neal and Chris Seminario had scoring runs.
Seminario would add his second and third scores in the second quarter. He led all rushers with 159 yards.
Kurtis Martin also caught a touchdown pass from Robert Tanner in the second quarter as Lathrop had a 40-0 lead at halftime.
“We told them at halftime, you can use this half to get better, or you can make it a wasted half,” Anderson said. “They came out and played as hard as they could. We’re excited, even though it was a 54-0 loss.”
In the third quarter, Nathan Barnett caught a TD pass from Tanner and Martin had a fumble return.
Michael Stangel had 95 yards on 22 carries for Nikiski.
Kodiak 26, Homer 8
The visiting Bears took control of the Northern Lights Conference game in the second half for the victory.
The game was scoreless through the first quarter, and Homer took a 2-0 lead at halftime when Kodiak snapped a punt out of the back of the end zone.
“It was a real defensive battle through the first half,” Homer coach Josh Fraley said. “We finally just ran out of steam. We suited just 17.”
Kodiak took an 6-2 lead in the third, but Homer was able to grab the lead back when Sheldon Hutt hit Josh Fisk for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
It was all Kodiak after that.
“The moral of the story was they started turning dives into 10- and 15-yard runs,” Fraley said. “We also turned it over a few times.”
Hutt finished 8 of 25 for 121 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown pass. Hutt also rushed 12 times for 42 yards.
Also keying Homer’s rushing attack were Joseph Cardoza with 57 yards on 11 carries, and Josh Fisk with eight yards on six carries.
In receiving, Cardoza had a catch for 32 yards, Fisk had a catch for 11 yards, David Woo had two catches for 23 yards and Drew Brown had three catches for 48 yards.
Sophomore Hunter Harris had three sacks for Homer, while sophomore Zach McKenna led the team with nine tackles.
Homer hosts Kenai Central at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Barrow 46, Voznesenka 6
The Barrow High School football team was successful Saturday in Brian Houston’s debut as head coach, rolling to a win over the Voznesenka Cougars in a Greatland Conference game at Cathy Parker Field in Barrow.
“They showed up and it was pretty good,’’ Houston, by cellphone, said of his players. “Everybody got to play.”
Houston, who has been with the Whalers program since the 2006 inaugural season, commended Voznesenka, a Greatland newcomer which is playing its first season of varsity football.
“Those boys showed a lot of heart,’’ said Houston. “They had small numbers but they never gave up. It was really great.”
Amid weather in the 30s with light snow, Barrow accumulated 365 total yards, with 335 rushing.
The Whalers scored four times in the first quarter, including a pair of runs (10 and 21 yards) by Glenn Sivlu. Jesse Sanchez threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Kaleak and Sanchez also scored on a 4-yard run. David Egavluk added a 15-yard TD run.
David Matthews scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and Sanchez added a 13-yard scoring run in the fourth.
Sivlu led the Whalers’ rushing attack with seven carries for 72 yards, while Egavluk ran five times for 58 yards. Matthews earned 52 yards on five carries and Sanchez had as many yards on seven carries.
Ta’alogosua Aiken registered six tackles Barrow and Tony Dunbar contributed five.
Vozesenka’s quarterback scored on a 2-yard run late in the second quarter.
The Whalers play host to the Nikiski Bulldogs at 1 p.m. Saturday in a Greatland game.
Malemutes 54, Bulldogs 0
Lathrop 19 21 14 0 —54
Nikiski 0 0 0 0 —0
Lat — Hoppough 50 interception return (kick failed).
Lat — O’Neal 32 run (Barnett kick).
Lat — Seminario 51 run (run failed).
Lat — Seminario 5 run (Barnett kick).
Lat — Martin 12 pass from Tanner (Barnett kick).
Lat — Seminario 76 run (Barnett kick).
Lat — Barnett 10 pass from Tanner (Barnett kick).
Lat — Martin 30 fumble return (Barnett kick).
First downs 12 8
Rushes-yards 20-299 40-109
Passing yards 144 25
Return yards 20 143
Punts 2-35 5-31.8
Fumbles 1-1 2-1
Penalties 7-40 5-30
Rushing — Lathrop: Gl. Maiden 2-1, O’Neal 2-24, Seminario 5-159, Cojer 3-74, Pelyo 3-26, Ga. Maiden 5-15. Nikiski: Anderson 2-(-15), Stangel 22-95, Jackson 11-23, Feller 5-6.
Passing — Lathrop: Tanner 9-12-0—144, Gl. Maiden 0-2-0—0. Nikiski: Anderson 3-9-1—25.
Receiving — Lathrop: Barnett 2-41, Ford 2-2, Martin 3-60, Cojer 1-16, Holtry 1-25. Nikiski: Stangel 2-5, Castro 1-30.