The Sitka football team will play its second game this week tonight against host Skyview at 6 p.m. The Wolves improved to 1-1 overall with a 14-12, come-from-behind win over Seward on Sunday. Southeast Conference rival Thunder Mountain downed Sitka 40-17 in Week 1.
The abridged week isn't necessarily a negative factor for Skyview (1-1), Panthers head coach Eric Pomerleau said.
"We've been going hard now for about five, six weeks," he said. "It is short and you have less prep time, but after this week, on the back end, we'll get a lot more rest."
The longer week falls at a good time for SkyHi. It travels to Homer for a Northern Lights Conference game in Week 4.
Coming off of a 74-14 thrashing of the Service junior varsity team, Skyview will look to continue scoring points.
"It was nice to kind of get things rolling," Pomerleau said. "We just want to keep expanding on it."
Quarterback Jordan Jones threw for 164 yards and five touchdowns against the Cougars. Richard Reynolds had three touchdown receptions. Running backs Cody Williams and Brandon Rice combined for 234 yards and three scores.
SkyHi's defense, too, contributed on the scoreboard. Vlad Ferderer ran back a 50-yard pick six and Albert White scored on a 99-yard interception return.
Pomerleau said he wants his team to keep gaining confidence as the season progresses.
"You want to play better each week that you play," he said.
The Panthers' offensive line is crucial each game, Pomerleau said.
"Our offensive line is always key," he said. "Any mistake really gets exposed in the scheme that we run.
"Everything starts with them and it allows our playmakers to do what they do, which is be fast and make plays in space," Pomerleau said.
On offense, Sitka will run out of the I formation and wing-T sets, Pomerleau said. Shutting down the running game will be important, he said.
"They're focus is on the ground," Pomerleau said. "We need to tackle well and play good contained defense.
"I though we contained and tackled better when we played Kenai than we did last week," Pomerleau said. Those two points were stressed this week at practice, he said.
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