The Nikiski High School football team opened up its season with a win Saturday, defeating the Homer Mariners 33-0 in a nonconference tilt in Homer.
"It's very exciting," said Nikiski head coach Ned Clooten. "We had a little bit of trouble with their defense in the first half, but we made some adjustments, and our defense played real well."
Clooten said that Billy Anderson, in addition to rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, also was everywhere on defense, filling the holes from his linebacker position.
Anderson put the Bulldogs on the board in the second quarter on a 2-yard run. Jeremiah Taylor provided the extra point.
Nikiski quarterback Travis McGahan connected with Taylor for a 25-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead, then made it 21-0 at the half with a 20-yard fling to Anderson and a quarterback keeper to score the two-point conversion.
Anderson broke away for a 63-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and rounded out the scoring with a 4-yard carry in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Lorenzo carried the ball 13 times for 55 yards and McGahan ran three time for 13 yards for the Bulldogs. McGahan was 3-for-10 passing and did not throw an interception, connecting with Taylor twice for 34 yards and a touchdown and Anderson once for 20 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs amassed 273 yards of total offense.
Nikiski will travel to Eielson next weekend to open Great Land Conference play.
BULLDOGS 33, MARINERS 0
Nikiski 0 21 6 6 33
Homer 0 0 0 0 0
Nik Anderson 2 run (Taylor kick)
Nik McGahan 25 pass to Taylor (kick failed)
Nik McGahan 20 pass to Anderson (McGahan run)
Nik Anderson 63 run (kick blocked)
Nik Anderson 4 run (run failed)
PATRIOTS 51, STARS 0
Soldotna opened the season with a loss on the road to North Pole Saturday. Game statistics were not available as the Clarion went to press Saturday.
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