Soldotna edges Mariners

Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Homer scored twice in the final minute and a half, but visiting Soldotna came away with a 26-20 Northern Lights Conference win on Saturday to remain unbeaten. Homer is 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.

The Stars held a 20-point advantage going into the fourth quarter.

"I don't know if you're ever comfortable until that last second ticks off the clock," Stars head coach Galen Brantley Jr. said. "There was absolutely no quit in the Homer kids."

Mariners head coach Camron Wyatt agreed.

"These kids work hard," he said. "They don't give up, they just don't give up."

Ryan Cotney hit Devon Kennelty with a 54-yard touchdown pass with 1:31 left to go in the game. SoHi fumbled on its next possession and the Mariners turned the turnover into six points with Frank Hoss taking in a 1-yard run. Hoss' score cut the Stars' lead to six points with 48 seconds on the clock.

Though SoHi significantly reduced its fumbles -- the Stars fumbled 14 times through the first two weeks -- the one turnover of the game proved costly, Brantley Jr. said.

"We came a long way from the first week, but even one is too many," he said. "We're happy to get out of there with a W." Homer controlled the time of possession. The Mariners almost doubled SoHi's 16:45 spent on offense.

"We couldn't get their offense off the field," Brantley Jr. said.

Keeping its offense on the field and SoHi's off the field was Homer's game plan, Wyatt said.

"We just weren't able to close it," he said. "I'm proud of my kids. We battled. That's the No. 1 team in the state and we almost got them."

Robbie Smithwick led the Stars with 79 rushing yards, 9 yards receiving and one touchdown.

"He's been a nice spark for us," Brantley Jr. said. He said Smithwick played well on both sides of the field.

Jared Duncan scored on an 18-yard run at the 7:00 mark of the first quarter for the game's first touchdown. Tanner Fowler found the end zone on a 4-yard run early in the second quarter. Cotney connected with Dyllan Day on a 9-yard strike with under two minutes to play before the half. The Stars took a 13-6 lead to the locker room.

Smithwick ran for a 25-yard touchdown and Fowler threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Garrett Bosick to give SoHi a 26-6 lead in the third quarter.

Day collected 56 yards through the air and 57 on the ground for Homer. Cotney ran for 59 yards and completed 7-of-16 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

Wyatt said his team had trouble closing down the B gap, which enabled SoHi to sustain its drives.

Brantley Jr. said SoHi displayed glimpses of brilliance but also appeared subpar at times.

"I think we flashed signs of what we could be at times," he said. "We're still kind of struggling to find our identity. We definitely did not come out with the kind of passion and enthusiasm that we need."

Kenai 44, Houston 14

Kenai Central's defense notched two safeties as the Kardinals rolled to an NLC win on the road against Houston. Kenai improves to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Hawks fall to 2-1 and 0-1.

"Defensively we played really well," Kards head coach Jeff Baker said. "It's nice to pick up a conference win for sure."

Kyle Rogers and Tyler Williams played well on defense, Baker said.

"Kyle Rogers played an absolutely amazing game defensively," he said. "Sideline to sideline, he was making plays.

"Our line played well on both sides of the ball," Baker added.

AJ Hull led Kenai with 112 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for 91 yards and three touchdowns.

An addition of previously ineligible players gave the Kards a boost, Baker said.

"The new kids in the lineup really helped," he said. "I am definitely pleased with the game."

Eielson 47, Seward 0

The Ravens cruised to a victory over the Seahawks in Greatland Conference action on Friday at Buck Nystrom Field on Eielson Air Force Base.

Eielson improves to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the league, while Seward drops to 1-1 and 1-2.

Howard Smith led Eielson with 127 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The Ravens had 252 yards on the ground, while the Seahawks had just 42.

Ravens 47, Seahawks 0

Seward 0 0 0 0 --0

Eielson 20 7 13 7 --47

1st Quarter

Eie -- Brown 34 pass from S. Smith (kick failed), 10:25

Eie -- H. Smith 5 run (Ellsworth kick), 9:04

Eie -- H. Smith 4 run (Ellsworth kick), 5:12

2nd Quarter

Eie -- H. Smith 3 run (Ellsworth kick), 9:55

3rd Quarter

Eie -- S. Smith 3 run (Ellsworth kick), 9:55

Eie -- Dunlap 4 run (Ellsworth kick), 3:59

4th Quarter

Eie -- Dunlap 9 run (Ellsworth kick), 11:05

Sew Eie

First downs 5 15

Rushes-yards 20-42 47-252

Comp-Att-Int 3-14-4 2-5-0

Passing yards 44 61

Return yards 59 109

Punts-avg 2-38.3 1-18.0

Fumbles-lost 5-3 3-1

Penalties-yards 7-45 8-75

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing -- Seward: Cosby 11-41, Williams 3-5, Terry 1-0, Sorenson 5-(-4). Eielson: H. Smith 14-127, Brown 7-41, Ellsworth 4-26, Dunlap 11-25, Z. Ellingson 6-2, Borrego 1-16, Howell 1-10, S. Smith 3-(-5).

Passing -- Seward: Cosby 3-13-3--44, Terry 0-1-1--0. Eielson: S. Smith 2-5-0--61, Brown 0-0-0--0.

Receiving -- Seward: Sorenson 3-44. Eielson: Brown 1-34, Ellsworth 1-27.

Stars 26, Mariners 20

Soldotna 7 6 13 0 -- 26

Homer 0 6 0 14 -- 20

1st Quarter

Sol -- Duncan 18 run (Kock kick), 7:00

2nd Quarter

Sol --Fowler 4 run (conversion failed), 10:52

Hom -- Day 9 pass from Cotney (conversion failed), 1:45

3rd Quarter

Sol -- Smithwick 25 run (conversion failed), 8:59

Sol -- Bosick 23 pass from Fowler (Koch kick), 1:09

4th Quarter

Hom -- Kennelty 54 pass from Cotney (pass successful), 1:31

Hom -- Hoss 1 run (conversion failed), 0:48

Sol Hom

First downs 12 18

Rushes-yards 39-195 38-175

Comp-att-int 4-7-0 7-18-0

Passing yards 39 151

Punts-avg 3-27.3 3-33

Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0

Penalties-yards 9-87 8-80

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing -- Soldotna: Smithwick 4-79, Bennett 12-41, Duncan 4-39, Tennis 4-33, T. Fowler 6-6, Bosick 1-2, N. Fowler 5-(-2), Schmelzenbach 3-(-3); Homer: Cotney 11-59, Day 7-57, Hoss 7-17, Jester 3-16, Shealy 7-14, No. 25 1-9, Smith 2-3. Passing -- Soldotna: T. Fowler 4-7-0-39; Homer: Cotney 7-16-0-151, Shealy 0-2-0-0.

Receiving -- Soldotna: Bosick 1-23, Smithwick 1-9, Bennett 1-7, Tennis 1-0; Homer: Day 3-56, Kennelty 2-66, Rosencrans 1-29, Hoss 1-0.

Kardianls 44, Hawks

Kenai 15 27 2 0 -- 44

Houston 0 0 0 14 -- 14

1st Quarter

Ken -- Nason 25 pass from Hull (Hull kick) 8:23

Ken -- Saftey: Hendricks tackled in end zone, 7:29

Ken -- Hayes 50 pass from Hull (kick failed), 5:36

2nd Quarter

Ken -- Glidden 11 pass from Hull (pass failed), 11:00

Ken -- Hull 52 run (Hull run), 9:23

Ken -- Hull 37 run (kick failed), 4:05

Ken -- Hull 29 run (Hayes kick), 2:35

3rd Quarter

Ken -- Safety: Frank tackled in end zone, 3:25

4th Quarter

Hou -- Dukes 80 run (Hendricks kick), 9:43

Hou -- Dukes 7 run (Hendricks kick), 2:59

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing -- Kenai: Risung 9-49, Sandahl 9-20, Hull 5-112, Hayes 5-19, Hanson 4-5, Carlson 3-16, Glidden 3-11, Miller 1-4, Mendenhall 1-1; Houston: Frank 13-9, Dukes 12-101, Baron 3-(-2), Hendricks 2-13.

Passing -- Kenai: Hull 4-9-0-91, Hayes 0-2-1-0; Houston: Frank 3-8-1--16.

Receiving -- Kenai: Hayes 1-50, Nason 1-25, Glidden 1-11, Risung 1-3; Houston: Barron 2-14, Ruta 1-2.



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