Bulldogs knock off Service

Reilly passes for five TDs, Holloway collects 286 receiving yards

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2001

As good as it is, even the Nikiski High School football team could be considered an underdog from time to time.

But after Saturday's 40-20 defeat of perennial big-schools state power Service at Anchorage Football Stadium Saturday, it will be hard not to choose the Bulldogs, the defending small-schools state champions, as a favorite, no matter who the opponent is.

The Bulldogs managed just 95 yards on the ground, but Nikiski quarterback Josh Reilly threw for 334 yards and five touchdowns, including seven passes to David Holloway for 286 yards and three scores.

Service put the first points on the board with a touchdown with 7:31 left in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs responded with a pair of touchdown connections between Reilly and Holloway, one for 18 yards and another for 46 yards.

Holloway made his third touchdown reception of the game -- this one for 99 yards -- 1:39 into the second quarter.

Chuck Seater gave the Bulldogs 25-6 lead on a 26-yard touchdown catch with 2:51 left in the second quarter. Zach Hall tacked on the two-point conversion on a pass from Reilly, and the Bulldogs took a 27-6 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Bulldogs kept their momentum going in the second half as Reilly connected with Steve Calderwood midway through the third quarter for a 10-yard touchdown pass.

Service answered with a pair of touchdowns, one with six seconds left in the third quarter and another with five minutes left in the game, but the Bulldogs had the final word as Calderwood scored on a 4-yard run with six seconds left in the game.

While the Service offense was able to amass 352 yards of offense, the Bulldogs defense never broke, turning in big plays when needed. Nikiski recovered two Service fumbles and came up with a pair of interceptions.

Holloway's 286 yards is the biggest day in terms of yardage by a receiver in Alaska high school football history.

Nikiski improves to 3-1 overall and will return to the small-schools Great Land Conference play with a game at home Friday against Anchorage Christian Schools.


Nikiski 13 14 7 6 -- 40

Service 6 0 6 8 -- 20

1st Quarter

Ser -- Hibbert 20 pass from Parker (kick failed), 7:31

Nik -- Holloway 18 pass from Reilly (Seater kick), 5:16

Nik -- Holloway 18 pass from Reilly (kick failed), 1:48

2nd Quarter

Nik -- Holloway 99 pass from Reilly (run failed), 10:21

Nik -- Seater 26 pass from Reilly (Hall pass from Reilly), 2:51

3rd Quarter

Nik -- Calderwood 10 pass from Reilly (Seater kick), 6:01

Ser -- Ersland 1 run (pass failed), 0:06

4th Quarter

Ser -- Staser 4 run (Parker run), 5:02

Nik -- Calderwood 4 run (kick failed), 0:06

Nikiski Service

First downs 16 19

Rushes-yards 30-95 50-229

Passing yards 334 123

Return yards 66 90

Passing 10-21-1 8-13-2

Punts-avg 1-46.0 2-36.0

Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-2

Penalties-yards 11-72 10-95


Rushing -- Nikiski: Calderwood 14-55, Crumpacker 10-27; Reilly 4-16; Alexander 1-0, Allen 1-(-3). Service: Ersland 26-139, Staser 8-68, Parker 14-17, Malone 2-5.

Passing -- Nikiski: Reilly 10-21-1--334. Service: Parker 8-13-2--123.

Receiving -- Nikiski: Holloway 7-286, Seater 1-26, Hall 1-12, Calderwood 1-10. Service: Hibbert 4-73, Akers 2-17, Malone 1-18, Fuhr 1-15.

Stars 76, Kings 0

The Soldotna High School football team notched its first win of the season Friday, defeating the visiting Ketchikan Kings 67-0.

The Stars churned out 350 rushing yards in addition to 119 passing yards.

Cason Simpson led the Stars with 178 rushing yards while Scott Laurion picked up 119 yards.

Soldotna's first touchdown came on an 8-yard run by Simpson.

Stars quarterback Kyle Foster passed for three touchdowns in the second quarter, connecting with Adam Kiffmeyer on a 41-yard strike, Simpson for a 46-yard score and Todd Ghormley for a 10-yard score.

Trevor Metteer added a score on a 5-yard run.

Soldotna picked up four more touchdowns in the third quarter, three of them on interception returns. Ricky Simpson picked off two passes and returned them for scores while Nick Weigle came up with one interception return for a score.

Laurion scored a touchdown in the third quarter on a 15-yard run and Cason Simpson rounded out the Soldotna scoring with a 35-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Soldotna, now 1-3 overall and 1-0 in Northern Lights Conference play, hosts crosstown rival Skyview Saturday.


Ketchikan 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Soldotna 7 26 26 7 -- 67

1st Quarter

Sol -- C. Simpson 8 run (Reynolds kick)

2nd Quarter

Sol -- Kiffmeyer 41 pass from Foster (kick failed)

Sol -- C. Simpson 46 pass from Foster (Reynolds kick)

Sol -- Metteer 5 run (kick failed)

Sol -- Ghormley 10 pass from Foster (Reynolds kick)

3rd Quarter

Sol -- Laurion 15 run (Reynolds kick)

Sol -- Weigle 25 interception return (kick failed)

Sol -- R. Simpson 35 interception return (Reynolds kick)

Sol -- R. Simpson 35 interception return (Reynolds kick)

4th Quarter

Sol -- C. Simpson 35 run (Reynolds kick)

Ketchikan Soldotna

First downs 2 12

Rushes-yards 14-20 38-350

Passing yards 10 119

Passing 5-18-4 5-6-0

Fumbles-lost 3-2 3-0

Penalties-yards 6-30 9-90


Rushing -- Ketchikan: Ostrum 3-5, Holmberg 1-1, Ison 1-5, Tombaugh 5-7, Eide 4-2. Soldotna: C. Simpson 15-178, Laurion 11-119, Foster 4-8, Reynolds 2-4, Metteer 4-17, Gardner 2-24.

Passing -- Ketchikan: Tombaugh 5-18-4--10. Soldotna: Foster 5-6-0--119.

Receiving -- Ketchikan: Webb 1-5, Holmberg 2-3, Buendia 2-2. Soldotna: Ghormley 3-32, Kiffmeyer 1-41, C. Simpson 1-46.

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