Nikiski looks to rebound against a tough Eielson squad

Posted: Friday, September 01, 2006

Week four of the high school football season finds Soldotna and Nikiski hosting conference games while Kenai, Homer and Seward face nonconference small-schools opponents.

The Bulldogs will host Eielson in a Great Land Conference game that has been moved from Saturday to Friday, with kickoff slated for 6 p.m.

Nikiski is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Houston, but head coach Ned Clooten expected his squad to rebound this week.

“We look at it as a good challenge to see how we can bounce back from a one-point loss,” Clooten said.

Nikiski, 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the GLC, will need to be at its best against a Raven squad that is 2-1 this season. Eielson lost a close one to Homer to start the season and has had lopsided wins over Seward and Delta in the past two weeks.

Soldotna will host Ketchikan in a Northern Lights Conference game that has been moved to Saturday at 2 p.m. at Soldotna. The Stars are coming off a big 14-13 conference win at Kodiak last weekend and will try to keep their momentum going against an 0-2 Kings squad.

Also on Friday, Homer (3-0, 1-0 NLC) will travel to Seward for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff with the Seahawks (0-3, 0-1 GLC).

Saturday, Kenai Central, which has posted lopsided wins in its last two outings, expects a stiffer challenge when it travels to Houston to take on the Hawks at 3 p.m.

Following last weekend’s game, Kenai head coach Jim Beeson noted his team was improving and was helped by the return of several players to the lineup.

“Things are starting to click for everybody,” Beeson said.

Houston coach Norm Bouchard knows his team will have its hands full with the defending small-schools state champions.

“We know that will be all the business we can handle,” said Bouchard.

The Hawks are 3-0 this season, with all of those wins against GLC opponents.

Kenai is 2-1 and 1-0 in NLC contests.

Also Saturday, Skyview will host Valdez at 2 p.m. The Panthers, 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the NLC, will look to get back on track after losing their last two games.

Valdez, 0-1 in the GLC and 2-1 overall, has posted wins against the North Pole junior varsity and against the first-year Barrow program.

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