Bulldogs rout Buccaneers

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

The host Nikiski football team clobbered Valdez 48-12 Saturday in Great Land Conference action in the season opener for both teams.

Bulldogs coach Ned Clooten did not know much about the Buccaneers coming into the game. Any fears of a key conference loss at home were put to rest when his team had a 41-0 lead at halftime.

"Especially with them having new coaches, I didn't know what to expect," Clooten said. "That's what I told the kids, getting the win was first and foremost."

Nikiski, which finished second in the GLC last season, lost all-state running back Billy Anderson and all-state receiver Jeremiah Taylor to graduation.

However, the Bulldogs return small-schools lineman of the year John Schwenke. The Nikiski line helped pave the way to a 331- to 204-yard advantage in total offense.

Justin Tumbaga rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns for Nikiski. Also for the Bulldogs, Israel Blatchford caught a touchdown pass from Travis McGahan, Mike Anderson caught a touchdown pass from Zech Hemphill and Mike O'Brien scored on a fumble recovery.

"I though Justin Tumbaga ran the ball extremely well," Clooten said. "Jared Mazurek ran real hard, too.

"I also though the line played really tough today."

McGahan led Nikiski with 13 tackles, including five tackles for a total loss of 17 yards.

Clooten said the final positive from the game is that the Bulldogs did not have any serious injuries.

Bulldogs 48, Buccaneers 12

Valdez 0 0 18 0 12

Nikiski 22 19 0 7 48

1st Quarter

Nik Tumbaga 27 run (Blatchford kick), 10:18

Nik Blatchford 17 pass from McGahan (McGahan run), 9:11

Nik Anderson 16 pass from Hemphill (Blatchford kick), 5:14

2nd Quarter

Nik Tumbaga 22 run (kick failed), 9:05

Nik Tumbaga 34 run (Blatchford kick), 4:15

Nik O'Brien 19 fumble return (kick failed), 1:22

3rd Quarter

Val Buckau 1 run (run failed), 7:44

Val Lares 56 pass from Bishop (run failed), 3:43

4th Quarter

Nik Tumbaga 5 run (Blatchford kick), 9:28

Valdez Nikiski

First downs 12 18

Rushes-yards 33-82 38-288

Passing yards 122 43

Return yards 0 26

Passing 5-16-2 3-3-0

Punts-avg 1-28 0-0

Fumbles-lost 4-3 4-4

Penalties-yards 7-61 5-51


Rushing Valdez: Bishop 11-85, Gittins 12-14, Buckau 8-(-13), Lares 1-2, Raidmae 1-(-6). Nikiski: Tumbaga 17-168, Mazurek 7-37, Payment 7-31, McGahan 3-30, Hemphill 2-16, Smith 1-9, Vance 1-(-3).

Passing Valdez: Buckau 4-12-66-1, Bishop 1-4-56-1. Nikiski: Hemphill 2-2-26-0, McGahan 1-1-17-0.

Receiving Valdez: Lares 1-56, Plath 2-26, Liljedahl 1-25, Goudreau 1-15. Nikiski: Blatchford 1-17, Anderson 1-16, Holloway 1-10.

West 35, Soldotna 12

If there is such a thing as a good loss, the Stars sustained one Saturday afternoon in nonconference action at Justin Maile Field in the season opener for both teams.

West is a big school expected to be one of the best teams in the state, so Soldotna coach Sarge Truesdell was happy to hang with the Eagles for a half.

"Everything in my mind was perfect other than we didn't win the football game," Truesdell said. "The kids executed well and they didn't lose confidence.

"There were definitely no heads down on our side when it was over. I feel good about what we accomplished."

Making the day even sweeter for the Stars was that they had no serious injuries.

Soldotna opened up the scoring early in the first quarter when Garrett Gardner caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Schneider.

West answered later in the first quarter with a punt return, but Soldotna came right back early in the second quarter when Aleks Pfaffe scored on a 10-yard pass from Schneider. West then scored before the half to take a 13-12 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, Truesdell said West began to wear his team down. The Stars play nine both ways, while West just has a couple players going both ways. West had a 28-12 lead after three quarters.

"I don't know if we had enough kids to win the football game, but I think we had enough talent to win," Truesdell said.

West out-gained Soldotna 400-214, including 281 to 119 on the ground.

Truesdell also said Jacob Howarth was a monster on defense, making a ton of tackles.

Eagles 35, Stars 12

West 6 6 0 0 12

Soldotna 7 6 15 7 35

1st Quarter

Sol Gardner 68 pass from Schneider (kick failed), 10:15

Wes Harris 34 punt return (kick good), 8:30

2nd Quarter

Sol Pfaffe 10 pass from Schneider (kick failed), 10:45

Wes Maloney 5 pass from Pena (kick failed), 7:14

3rd Quarter

Wes Carpenter 34 pass from Pena (pass good), 7:28

Wes Harris 23 run (kick good), 4:12

4th Quarter

Wes Carter 7 run (kick good), 6:19

West Soldotna

Rushes-yards 47-281 36-119

Passing yards 75 139

Return yards 106 42

Passing 5-11-0 7-11-2

Punts-avg 2-38 4-33.2

Fumbles-lost 5-2 1-1

Penalties-yards 5-35 4-35


Rushing West: Carter 19-138, Harris 6-68, Carpenter 4-21, Martin 3-20, Jamestown 5-17, Pena 9-3, Solberg 1-(-8). Soldotna: Gardner 20-68, Schneider 9-32, Cameron 5-14, Goracke 2-5.

Passing West: Pena 5-11-0-75. Soldotna: Schneider 7-11-2-139.

Receiving West: Maloney 2-24, Harris 1-5, Carpenter 1-36, Johnson 1-5. Soldotna: Pfaffe 2-32, Wilbanks 2-27, Gardner 2-84, Goracke 1-8.

Service 28, Skyview 20

Skyview nearly pulled off a major upset Saturday in Anchorage, falling 28-20 to the Service Cougars.

The Panthers got 26-yard touchdown runs from quarterback Tyler Wehrli and running back Clark Buffington in the first half, then shut down the Cougars in the second half to keep things close until the end. Buffington led Skyview with 113 yards on 17 carries for the game.

Skyview had a chance to even the score late in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Tyler Wehrli was sacked on fourth down to end the threat inside the Service 20-yard line.

Following the game, Skyview head coach Phil Sheridan said his team had a great chance to even things up late in the game.

"We just couldn't punch it in," he said.

After falling behind 28-14 at halftime, the Panthers scored the only touchdown of the second half when they recovered a Service fumble in the end zone to get within eight points.

Sheridan said he was pleased his team was able to play Service as tough at it did.

"The kids walked off the field pretty proud of themselves," Sheridan said.

Skyview shut down the Service running game, holding the Cougars to minus two yards rushing on 12 carries.

Cougars 28, Panthers 20

Skyview 6 7 7 0 20

Service 21 7 0 0 28

1st Quarter

Ser Mobley 48 pass from Rowley (Mosby kick), 8:36.

Sky Buffington 26 run (run failed), 5:30

Ser Mobley 11 pass from Rowley (Mosby kick), 2:55.

Ser Mobley 54 pass from Rowley (Mosby kick), :18.

2nd Quarter

Ser Mobley 21 pass from Rowley (Mosby kick), 8:26.

Sky Wehrli 26 run (Carlon kick), :42.

3rd Quarter

Sky Smith recovered fumble in end zone (Carlon kick), 10:35.

Skyview Service

First downs 15 12

Rushes-yards 50-189 12-(-2)

Passing yards 23 322

Return yards 89 74

Passes 2-2-0 19-29-0

Punts 4-26.3 3-30.1

Fumbles-lost 5-2 1-1

Penalties-yards 7-45 7-55


Rushing Skyview: Buffington 17-113, Rowell 17-70, Wehrli 12-7, Carlon 1-4, England 1-4, Staughsbaugh 2-(-9). Service: Johnson 5-12, Anderson 1-1, Rowley 6-(-15).

Passing Skyview: Wehrli 2-2-023. Service: Rowley 19-29-0322.

Receiving Skyview: Merritt 1-18, Carlon 1-5. Service: Mobley 8-242, Guillory 4-28, Britt 3-25, Odom 2-14, Mosby 1-8, Stuhldreier 1-5.

Homer 13, Houston 7

Homer used a bit of trickery to pull out a tight 13-7 win Saturday in Houston.

The Mariners used a fake field goal in the second quarter to take a 13-0 lead, then held on in the fourth quarter for the win.

Mariners 13, Hawks 7

Homer 0 6 7 0 13

Houston 0 0 0 7 7

2nd Quarter

Hom McWilliams 15 pass from McKinstry (kick failed), 1:37.

3rd Quarter

Homer Gilbert 13 pass from McKinstry (Hoanin), 3:06.

4th Quarter

Hou Harvey 4 run (Seltenreich kick), 5:19.

Homer Houston

First downs 12 7

Rushes-yards 41-145 39-89

Passing yards 25 11

Return yards 64 52

Passes 2-4-0 1-4-0

Punts 3-16.0 5-25.8

Fumbles-lost 7-4 4-1

Penalties-yards 12-90 10-72.5


Rushing Homer: Hagen 18-104; McWilliams 15-38; Hoanin 1-8; Col. Hagen 1-2; McKinstry 5-(-2); Smith 1-(-5). Houston: Waag 17-44; Harvey 10-28; Kappler 8-26; Thistle 1-0; Thamm 3-(-9).

Passing Homer: McKinstry 2-4-0-25. Houston: Thamm 1-4-0-11.

Receiving Homer: Gilbert 1-14; Moffet 1-11. Houston: Carley 1-11.

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