The Kenai Central High School football team quickly found its land legs Saturday, defeating Kodiak 28-14 in a Northern Lights Conference game in Kodiak.
The Kardinals, who took advantage of the long weekend to travel to Kodiak by ferry, scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 15-0 lead.
After a scoreless first quarter, Isaia Faumui put the Kardinals on the board with a 3-yard touchdown plunge 4:08 into the second quarter.
With 4:36 remaining in the half, Kenai's Brandon Miles latched on to a pass from Tyler Chappell for a 39-yard touchdown play. While Ju Kim connected for the extra point on the first score, Marcus Mena caught a pass from Luke Oliver for a two-point conversion on the second Kenai touchdown.
The Kardinals added another score late in the third quarter as Chappell scampered for a 4-yard touchdown, and the kick from Kim gave Kenai a 22-0 lead with 4:39 left in the frame.
The Bears finally connected for a touchdown with 1:46 left in the third quarter as Stuart McFarland found Curtis Catt for the 13-yard score, and Kodiak made the two-point conversion.
Kenai tacked on an insurance touchdown early in the fourth quarter, though, as Chappell broke free for a 52-yard score.
Kodiak got one more touchdown on a 34-yard pass from McFarland to Clyde Valdez.
Kenai, now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play, will face Skyview Friday. Kodiak (1-3, 1-2) will visit Homer Saturday.
Kardinals 18, Bears 14
Kenai 0 15 7 6 28
Kodiak 0 0 8 6 14
Ken Faumui 3 run (Kim kick), 7:52
Ken Miles 39 pass from Chappell (Mena pass from Oliver), 4:36
Ken Chappell 4 run (Kim kick), 4:39
Kod Catt 13 pass from McFarland (Jones run), 1:46
Ken Chappell 52 run (kick failed), 10:32
Kod Valdez 34 pass from McFarland (run failed), 4:51
First downs 16 12
Rushes-yards 20-267 32-154
Passing yards 65 109
Return yards 5 16
Passing 4-8-1 11-28-0
Punts-avg 3-34.0 4-28.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-0
Penalties-yards 8-70 7-55
Rushing Kenai: Miles 26-139, Chappell 12-81, Faumui 10-41, Stretch 2-6. Kodiak: Odell 19-49, McFarland 8-79, Pruitt 1-9, Van Curen 4-17.
Passing Kenai: Chappell 3-7-163, Oliver 1-1-02. Kodiak: McFarland 10-22-096, Jones 1-6-113.
Receiving Kenai: Chimphalee 1-7, Mena 2-15, Miles 1-39. Kodiak: Odell 4-25, Catt 5-37, Van Curen 1-13, Valdez 1-34.
Houston 33, Seward 30
The Hawks edged the Seahawks in a Great Land Conference game at Seward Saturday.
Karl Thistle ran for 160 yards and a touchdown for the Hawks while Ryan Thamm threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
Coty Beck threw for 204 yards for the Seahawks, completing eight of 16 passes and throwing three touchdowns, two of them to Jake Wilder and one to Nathan Kingsland. Jason Webber carried the ball for 68 yards for the Seahawks, scoring a touchdown.
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