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Soldotna routs East

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

The Soldotna High School football team rolled to a 43-6 victory over a junior varsity squad from East High School Saturday in Soldotna, but the win didn't turn out exactly as Soldotna coach Sarge Truesdell would have liked.

"Going in, I wanted perfect execution and no injuries," Truesdell said. "I don't think we executed anywhere near perfect, and we had an injury to a key player."

Soldotna fullback Derek Martin left the game with a dislocated shoulder. Truesdell did not know the severity of the injury, but said he expected to be without Martin's services for at least a couple of weeks.

Kenai's win at Homer Saturday did secure a playoff berth for the Stars (6-1), eliminating any possible tiebreak scenarios. Soldotna will play Kenai for the Northern Lights Conference title next weekend.

Truesdell said he was pleased to be able to get some of his little-used players plenty of playing time. Dan Ghormley, who entered the game with 31 carries in Soldotna's first six games, was handed the ball 17 times in relief of Martin and led the Stars with 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Truesdell also got a chance to get two of his stalwarts, seniors Matt Meacham and Nate Morris, opportunities to carry the ball. Both responded with touchdowns.

East did amass 163 yards passing against the Stars, and Truesdell said he was impressed with the way the Thunderbirds were able to mix it up on offense.

STARS 43, THUNDERBIRDS 6

East 0 0 0 6 -- 6

Soldotna 12 6 12 13 -- 43

1st Quarter

Sol -- E. Simpson 10 run (kick failed), 9:06

Sol -- R. Simpson 45 pass from E. Simpson (run failed), 6:17

2nd Quarter

Sol -- Ghormley 17 run (run failed), 8:14

3rd Quarter

Sol -- Ghormley 1 run (kick failed), 10:46

Sol -- Laurion 27 run (kick failed), 6:14

4th Quarter

Sol -- Meacham 9 pass from Robertson (Tachick kick), 9:18

Eas -- 63 pass (run failed), 6:14

Sol -- Morris 3 run (no PAT attempt), 0:01

East Soldotna

First downs 12 18

Rushes-yards 24-7 57-344

Passing yards 163 69

Return yards 14 7

Passing 11-37-2 3-12-1

Punts-avg 3-18.6 2-30.0

Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1

Penalties-yards 6-35 8-100

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing -- Soldotna: Ghormley 17-139, Laurion 10-90, N. Gardner 7-44, Morris 9-39, Martin 7-35, Metteer 1-4, E. Simpson 5-(-1), Robertson 1-(-6).

Passing -- Soldotna: E. Simpson 2-10-0--60, Robertson 1-2-1--9.

Receiving -- Soldotna: R. Simpson 2-60, Meacham 1-9.



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