Nikiski put a hurtin’ on the Valdez Buccaneers Saturday in Valdez with a 57-6 win, and improved to 3-0 in the Greatland Conference (3-2 overall).
Once again, seniors Michael Stangel and Jesse Eide did much of the damage on the ground, as Stangel carried the ball for 145 yards and two touchdowns — including a pick six — and Eide had 128 rushing yards and three touchdowns, one of which was a kick return. Junior Christian Riddall added 57 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’re hitting pretty good on all cylinders right now,” said Nikiski coach Ted Riddall. “When you have three backs that can do that, it means your line is doing what they need to do. They were hitting pretty big holes and making up yards.”
The Nikiski defense wasn’t too shabby either, which is putting up mildly. The Bulldogs held Valdez (0-5 overall) to negative yardage, pushing them back 91 yards on the ground and only giving up 45 passing yards, resulting in a net offensive output of minus 46 yards for Valdez.
“We were rolling pretty good, so hopefully we have guys that remain eligible and healthy for now,” Riddall said.
Even with the dominating display Nikiski put on, there were five missed field goals on the day, which was a result of Nikiski not wanting to push the score up too high. Stangel had misses of 25, 27, 29, 38 and 38 yards.
Bulldogs 57, Buccaneers 6
Nikiski 21 21 15 0 —57
Valdez 6 0 0 0 —6
Nik — Eide 16 run (Stangel kick), 8:11
Nik — Riddall 2 run (kick failed), 4:18
Nik — Safety, 3:03
Val — #16 23 pass from #14 (run failed), 1:12
Nik — Stangel 9 run (Stangel kick), :15
Nik — Riddall 15 run (Stangel kick), 6:52
Nik — Stangel 35 interception return (Stangel kick), 6:35
Nik — Eide 40 run (Stangel kick), 1:00
Nik — Safety, 8:12
Nik — Eide 55 kick return (kick failed), 8:05
Nik — Castro 31 run (Stangel kick), 5:15
Rushing — Nikiski: Castro 1-31, Anderson 1-(-12), Stangel 11-145, Riddall 5-57, Eide 7-128, Carstens 3-23, Odis 3-14, Denomie 2-4.
Passing — Nikiski: Anderson 3-6-1—16, Malston 1-1-0—10.
Receiving — Nikiski: Holloway 1-12, Carstens 1-10, Feller 1-4, Stangel 1-0.
First downs 24 2
Return yds 126 56
Fumbles 3 2
Palmer 48, Homer 0
The Moose shut out the host Mariners to earn a nonconference victory Friday.
Palmer improved to 4-1 overall, while Homer fell to 1-3 overall.
The Moose led 13-0 at halftime, but then had five touchdowns in the second half.
In addition to getting the shutout, Palmer scored twice on defense. Nick Benshetler stripped the ball from a Homer player and returned it 10 yards for a score, while Chase Ferris returned an interception for 60 yards.
Also for Palmer, Nathaniel Aumavae had a pair of rushing touchdowns, while Zeth Merritt, Ben Aumavae and James Nisbett also scored on the ground.
For Homer, Sheldon Hutt rushed 17 times for 42 yards, and also completed 3 of 15 for 50 yards.
Joseph Cardoza caught two of those passes and gained 47 yards.
Voznesenka 28, Seward 0
The Cougars shut out the Seahawks on Saturday at Homer High School to celebrate the first homecoming football game the school has had.
Voznesenka improved to 2-1 in the Greatland Conference and 2-1 overall, while Seward fell to 0-4 in the league and 0-4 overall.
“Our defense came through big time,” Voznesenka coach Justin Zank said.
Voznesenka quarterback and free safety Avraam Kalugin had a big game, returning two interceptions for scores, throwing for a touchdown and running for a touchdown.
Wide receiver and defensive back Kosta Reutov caught that touchdown, and also had two interceptions.
Zank also said middle linebacker and fullback-tailback Dennis Martishev had a big game.
“He was all over the field,” Zank said. “He was the heart and soul of our defense.”
Barrow 38, Skyview 8
The Whalers handed the Panthers a non-conference loss in Barrow on Saturday afternoon, dropping Skyview to a 1-3 overall record for the season.
Skyview remains in last place in the Northern Lights Conference.