The Kenai Central High School football team turned a corner Saturday, pitching a 40-0 shutout at Homer in a Northern Lights Conference game.
"To come down here and to win by 40 points, it was big step for us," said Beeson, who' team is now 2-0 in conference play. "To score two touchdowns is a great development for our defense."
Kenai's two defensive touchdowns were part of its 20-point second quarter, putting the game out of Homer's reach.
Dane Myers had the first of the defensive scores, pouncing on a fumble in the Homer end zone with 8:44 on the clock.
Kenai defensive back Ross Baldwin scored the other touchdown for the Kardinals defense, pickong off a Homer pass and returning it 30 yards for the score.
The Mariners weren't without their scoring opportunities, including a golden opportunity in the first quarter when Kenai was flagged for roughing the kicker, setting Homer up with a first-and-goal from the Kenai 9-yard line.
The Kenai defense stiffened, though, and actually pushed the Mariners back 13 yards before the Kardinals took over on downs.
"We really wanted the shutout," said Kenai's Sepa Nicholas-Silvira of the stand.
While Kenai's defense did all the scoring the Kardinals would need to win, Kenai's offense certainly did enough to win the game in its own right.
The Kardinals ran for 188 yards and added another 34 through the air for a total of 222 yards of offense.
Jeff Jackson scored touchdowns on first-quarter runs of 45 and 15 yards, and Cory Janson scored his first of two touchdowns on the afternoon with a 30-yard scamper to open the second quarter.
Janson's second touchdown came on a 14-yard run in the third quarter, and Kenai's Wally Ward converted four of his six extra point attempts.
Defensivley, the Kardinals held the Mariners to 78 yards on 44 plays from scrimmage, an average of just 1.8 yards per play. Josh Stewart was the top ground-gainer for the Mariners, picking up 38 yards on 15 carries.
At 2-0 in the NLC and 2-3 overall, the Kardinals pull into a tie for first with Soldotna atop the conference standings.
KARDINALS 40, MARINERS 0
Kenai 14 20 6 0 -- 40
Homer 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Ken -- Jackson 45 run (Ward kick), 8:07
Ken -- Jackson 15 run (Ward kick), 7:47
Ken -- Janson 30 run (Ward kick), 9:00
Ken -- Myers fumble recovery in end zone (Ward kick), 8:44
Ken -- Baldwin 30 interception return (kick failed), 3:06
Ken -- Janson 14 run (kick failed), n/a
First downs 12 8
Rushes-yards 44-188 33-63
Passing yards 34 15
Return yards 30 2
Passing 2-4-34 1-11-15
Punts-avg 0-0.0 2-36.5
Fumbles-lost 1-0 5-3
Penalties-yards 14-90 20-123
Rushing -- Kenai: Jackson 18-128, Hogue 3-12, Janson 10-41, Ward 6-26, DeMello 5-7, Burton 1-(-30), Baldwin 1-4. Homer: Stewart 15-38, bacher 4-0, Roberts 1-6, Turkington 2-3, Smith 9-6, Fraley 2-10.
Passing -- Kenai: Ward 2-4-1-34. Homer: Smith 1-10-2-15, Stewart 0-1-0-0.
Receiving -- Kenai: Baldwin 1-17, Hogue 1-17. Homer: Crandall 1-15.
SEAHAWKS 47, LIONS 12
The ACS Lions met the Seward Seahawks at Seward Saturday in a Great Land Conference game.
ACS' Daniel McCarty scored on a 7-yard pass in the first quarter. The Seahawks answered on their first possession, with Brandon Davis scoring on a 3-yard plunge.
ACS' Adam Lewis ran for a 32-yard touchdown late in the first quartewr, but Seward responded again, this time with a drive that ended with Isaih Steven's 36-yard run with 29 seconds left in the first quarter.
The tie lasted until Seward's Zack Rininger scored a touchdown with 2:48 on the clock in the second quarter. The Seahawks put up six more points with 34 seconds remaining in the second half when Darian Draper scored on a one yard run.
SEWARD 47, ACS 12
ACS 12 0 0 0 -- 12
Seward 12 14 0 21 -- 47
ACS -- McCarty run (kick failed), 9:46
Sew -- Davis run (kick failed), 7:44
ACS -- Lewis run (kick failed), 3:14
Sew -- Stevens run (kick failed), :29
Sew -- Rininger pass (Miller pass from Swiderski), 2:58
Sew -- Draper run (run failed), :34
Sew -- Rininger fumble return (Buchanan pass from Swiderski), 4:18
Sew -- Buchanan run (Buchanan run), :26
Sew -- Rininger interception return (kick failed), :24
First downs 11 6
Rushes-yards 46-300 37-269
Passing yards 6-4-49 13-5-77
Punts 0 4
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-2
Penalties-yards 12-88 12-100
Rushing -- ACS: Lewis 17-144, McCarty 14-149, Stafford 3-6. Seward: Draper 19-33, Swiderski 13-64, Davis 6-31, Stevens 4-39, Mioila 2-2, Rininger 1-19, Buchanan 1-12.
Passing -- ACS: Stafford 5-13-1-77. Seward: Swiderski 4-6-0-49.
Receiving -- ACS: Alden 3-38, Homan 2-34. Seward: Rininger 1-19, Miller 1-5, Loomis 1-24, Draper 1-1.
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