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High school gridders look to better Week 1 performances

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2001

Kickoff for the Kenai Central High School football team's game against Anchorage Christian Schools Saturday has been moved up to 4:30 p.m. at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Also, because the Lions are not fielding a junior varsity squad this season, the Kardinals JV will face the Skyview JV team Friday at Kenai. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

HEAD:KCHS vs. ACS schedule change

BYLINE1:By WILL MORROW

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

Nikiski High School football head coach Scott Anderson was reluctant to call last week's 12-7 loss to Chugiak a moral victory, but the close game has had the effect of giving the Bulldogs a moral and emotional boost as they prepare for Saturday's 5 p.m. Great Land Conference opener against Houston at Nikiski.

In other games this weekend, The West Valley Wolfpack visits Soldotna (0-1) tonight at 6 p.m. Saturday, Homer (1-0) travels to Anchorage to play the Bartlett junior varsity squad, Skyview (0-1) visits Seward at 2 p.m. and Kenai Central (1-0) will play Anchorage Christian Schools (0-1) on the Anchorage Football Stadium turf at 4:30 p.m. Ketchikan will play at Sitka also on Saturday.

"They're hungry to get back on the field," Anderson said of the Bulldogs' attitude. "It was a great learning experience for them. The nice thing about games like that, it makes your mistakes glaring for you, so you know where you need to work. We feel like we got better last week."

Anderson said he was particularly pleased with the way the Bulldogs dug in on defense to hold Chugiak in check.

"We just had solid play from the defense, especially in the first half. They were real aggressive," Anderson said.

Anderson said middle linebacker Neil Fucci was impressive in the way in which he was able to take on much bigger Chugiak players.

"In my opinion, he's one of the best defensive players in small schools," Anderson said. "He attacked those Chugiak guys."

Houston suffered a one-point defeat at the hands of the Kardinals a week ago, but Anderson expects to see the Hawks' Shaun Haragan back at wide receiver and Peter Clemens calling the signals. Clemens missed last week's game and Haragan filled in at quarterback.

"Houston's a tough team. They've got a lot of good specialty kids back. If we're not ready, they'll be able to hurt us," Anderson said.

The Stars will try to recover from last week's defeat at the hands of Wasilla against West Valley in a non-conference game. The Wolfpack defeated Service 27-6 last week.

Kenai will try to keep its momentum going against the Lions. Cory Janson rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown last week against Houston while ACS surrendered 225 rushing yards to the Homer Mariners in a 46-6 loss.

Skyview will look to improve against Seward after dropping a 42-7 decision to Palmer last week. Adam Kosydar led the Panthers with 73 rushing yards on 10 carries against the Moose.



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