Nikiski, Skyview triumph in thrillers

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Nikiski football team won its first outright Greatland Conference title since 2001 on Saturday by defeating visiting Eielson 47-39.

The Bulldogs will host Homer in the first round of the playoffs at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

"It's a huge accomplishment for the team and for some individual players," Nikiski coach Ted Riddall said. "We've been to the playoffs the last couple of years and we wanted to take it up a step this year."

The game featured 477 yards of total offense from Eielson and 432 yards from the Bulldogs. Nikiski was able to stay on top the entire game, though. Riddall said his team's hard work in conditioning drills paid off.

Stephan Krogseng had three rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown. He ran for 149 yards on 14 carries.

Kaden Spurgeon rushed for two touchdowns. He had 145 yards on 26 carries.

"Week in and week out we're getting better and better with the rush," Riddall said. "The kids are understanding what they have to do.

"Of course, it helps when you have two backs that can go 150-plus and a quarterback that is able to carry out every pass play."

Colton Anderson was 7-for-12 for 114 yards. He threw two touchdowns, the other one going to Corey Green.

Riddall wasn't thrilled that his team allowed Eielson to explode on offense, but he said the Ravens did have some weapons that made life tough.

"We were the No. 1 defense on the peninsula coming into this game," Riddall said. "Obviously, that's not the case anymore. We did some good things but we also let them break out a little bit."

Panthers 40, Bears 34

Backup quarterback Nick Symonds threw a 30-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to Albert White with 17 seconds left to lead Skyview past Kodiak 40-34. With the win, the Panthers finish 6-2 and clinch the No. 3 seed in the NLC.

Several Panthers, including starting quarterback Jordan Jones, suffered injuries during the game, Skyview head coach Eric Pomerleau said.

"Kodiak was superphysical and really hit us," he said.

When Pomerleau took over the program two years ago, the football world had doubts about Skyview. But the team joined together and believed they could be competitive, he said.

"We fought through it all and proved everyone wrong," Pomerleau said. "We can play good football up on the hill."

Jones threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns. White led with 158 receiving yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Richard Reynolds had 102 yards receiving.

The Panthers jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and led 34-14 at the half. Kodiak scored 14 points in third quarter and tied the game in the fourth.

The Bears committed nine turnovers, six interceptions and three lost fumbles.

"They had nine turnovers and we needed every one of them," Pomerleau said.

Skyview travels to Eielson next week for its first playoff game since the small-schools, large-schools split.

Mariners 50, Hawks 0

Homer cruised to an NLC win to clinch the No. 4 seed and make the playoffs for the third time in 30 years, including twice in the past two years. The Mariners will play Nikiski next week.

With three interceptions in the game, Homer's Robin Glasser set a new school record of 11 picks for one season. Dyllan Day ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

"Today was a stellar day for the young man," Mariners head coach Camron Wyatt said.

On defense, Mitch Wyatt had 11 1-2 tackles and forced two fumbles.

"He dwarfed everybody," coach Wyatt said. "He was just red hot. It was awesome."

Homer was out of sorts during its first two series, Wyatt said. He called timeout and calmed his team down. By the third series, the team regained its composure, he said.

"We slowed it down and refocused them," Wyatt said.

Homer controlled the clock. They had the ball for 37 of the game's 48 minutes. But Houston never let up, Wyatt said.

"They just kept going after it," he said. "Houston was throwing bombs left and right."

The homecoming fans were also a spark for Homer, Wyatt said.

"The crowd was phenomenal today," he said. "It was a good day for Mariner nation."

Valdez 28, Seward 20, OT

The Buccaneers topped the Seahawks on Saturday.

Bulldogs 47, Ravens 39

Eielson 14 6 6 13 --39

Nikiski 19 13 8 7 --47

1st Quarter

Nik -- Krogseng 7 run (run failed), 7:23.

Nik -- Krogseng 2 run (kick failed), 3:26.

Eie -- Ellingson 40 run (Brown run), 2:29.

Nik -- Krogseng 15 run (Taylor kick), 0:23.

Eie -- Ellingson 89 run (run failed), 10:04

2nd Quarter

Nik -- Spurgeon 1 run (kick failed), 8:26.

Eie -- Brown 85 kickoff return (run failed), 8:16.

Nik -- Green 30 pass from Anderson (Taylor kick), 7:36.

3rd Quarter

Eie -- Brown 12 run (run failed), 4:45.

Nik -- Spurgeon 31 run (Spurgeon pass from Anderson), 3:11.

4th Quarter

Eie -- Brown 35 run (34 kick), 11:52.

Nik -- Krogseng 9 pass from Anderson (Taylor kick), 7:19.

Eie -- H. Smith 2 run (kick failed), 2:58.

Eie Nik

First downs 23 20

Rushing yards 48-405 46-318

Comp-att-int 5-19-1 7-12-1

Passing yards 72 114

Return yards 122 31

Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1

Penalties-yards 5-45 8-60

Punts-avg 2-23.0 3-27.0


Rushing -- Eielson: Brown 19-186, H. Smith 20-148, Ellingson 4-56, Howell 4-10, 2 1-5. Nikiski:

Spurgeon 26-145, Krogseng 14-149, Hartley 5-25, Anderson 1-(-1).

Passing -- Eielson: Brown 0-3-1--0, S. Smith 5-16-0--72. Nikiski: Anderson 7-12-1--114.

Receving -- Eielson: Not available. Nikiski: Green 1-30, Krogseng 2-60, Spurgeon 4-34.

Panthers 40, Bears 34

Kodiak 0 14 14 6 -- 34

Skyview 28 6 0 6 -- 40

Kodiak Skyview

Rushes-yards 58-493 32-197

Comp-att-inter 5-17-6 20-33-1

Passing yards 59 385

Fumbles-lost 5-3 0-0


Rushing -- Kodiak: Atonio 14-155, McFarlin 15-181, Johnson 14-86, Chavarria 7-46, Chanete 8-25; Skyview: Ferderer 17-86, Jones 7-73, White 4-11, Symonds 4-27.

Passing -- Kodiak: Chavarria 5-17-6-59; Skyview: Jones 18-30-1-348, Symonds 2-3-0-37.

Receiving -- Kodiak: Lepola 2-24, Sorto 1-15, McFarlin 1-13, Canete 1-7; Skyview: White 8-158, Reynolds 4-108, Symonds 3-51, McNamera 2-26, Udelhoven 1-5.

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