Chugiak showcased a lot of stars in last week’s 56-0 victory over Kodiak, but the player that shined the brightest was kicker Joshua Rolston.
The junior displayed a booming right leg by sending seven of his nine kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks — a sight rarely seen in Alaska football. His other two kickoffs: a failed onside kick and a ball that was placed inside the five and returned to the 18-yard-line.
“It turns the tides. That is tough field position. It truly helps flipping the field,” Chugiak coach Ryan Landers said.
Landers, a second-year coach, found Rolston on the soccer pitch. He joined the team last season and has made an impact kicking a different ball.
He was perfect on seven extra-point attempts, and even sailed one over the fence onto the baseball field — a kick that would have been good from at least 45 yards out. For the season he is 10 for 10.
Rolston connected on a 33-yard field goal in Week 1 against Palmer. Landers said his kicker routinely boots 50 yarders during practice.
“I would feel comfortable letting him kick from that distance in a game, for sure,” Landers said.
Kodiak coach Bryan Ellsworth was impressed with Rolston’s leg.
“He is good, real good,” Ellsworth said. “He is (NCAA) DI potential for sure, in my humble opinion.”
I was not as perfect as Rolston was last week, but I was pretty darn close. I went 7-1 last week, which moved my season record to above .500 at 13-9. YIPPEE!
I will try to keep improving in Week 3.
HOUSTON (2-0) AT BARROW (1-0)
Houston remained perfect on the season thanks to Gavin Mulhaney. His 20-yard touchdown with 69 seconds left lifted the Hawks to an 18-14 win over Eagle River last week. Houston’s last 2-0 start was in 2015. Can the Hawks keep things rolling in Barrow? The Whalers were impressive in Week 1 and are coming off a bye … WHALERS 24, HAWKS 21.
KETCHIKAN (0-1) AT EIELSON (1-0)
Neither team played last week; Ketchikan had a scheduled bye, while Eielson’s game was canceled because of wildfires. The Ravens looked good in Week 1 against North Pole … RAVENS 45, KINGS 21.
HOMER (0-1) AT MONROE (1-0)
Again, these two teams did not play last week because of the wildfires. Monroe is intriguing as it also has players from Tri-Valley and Hutchison high schools on its roster. Still, the Rams finished their Week 1 shootout at Seward with only 10 players on the field. Ironman football at its finest … RAMS 28, MARINERS 21.
VALDEZ (1-1) AT NIKISKI (0-1)
Valdez picked up a 32-6 win at Seward last week, while Nikiski was idle because of the wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula. The Bulldogs come off the break and earn their first win of the campaign … BULLDOGS 45, BUCCANEERS 27.
REDINGTON (1-0) AT SEWARD (0-2)
Could this be the year of the Huskies? In its fourth varsity season, Redington piled up 408 yards and scored its first victory over Nikiski in school history in Week 1. In the three prior games against the Bulldogs, the Huskies were outscored 114-6 … HUSKIES 52, SEAHAWKS 7.
LATHROP (1-1) AT KENAI (1-0)
Lathrop gave West Anchorage a run last week, but fell 21-14. Kenai did not play last week, but in Week 1 unleashed a potent ground attack in a win over Homer. Tucker Vann rushed for 162 yards and a score, while Zach Burnett tossed in 140 yards and a touchdown. Kenai totaled 344 yards on the ground. After losing a home game due to the fire last week, Kenai will be amped up for this one … KARDINALS 34, MALEMUTES 21.
NORTH POLE (0-2) AT
EAGLE RIVER (0-2)
North Pole’s defense was hot and cold last week. The Patriots intercepted Wasilla SEVEN times in a 28-12 loss. Eagle River is not the same team as last year … PATRIOTS 17, WOLVES 7.
PALMER (1-1) AT
A lot of firsts happened last week in Palmer’s 37-15 win over Dimond. Moose head coach Tim Popowski earned his first win, while kicker Catherine Uschmann became the first female ever to score for Palmer’s varsity team. Another female kicker, Payton Knittle, scored later in the game for the Moose … MOOSE 42, KNIGHTS 27.
WEST VALLEY (0-1) AT
The Service offense is humming, scoring 58 and 55 points in the first two games of the season. The Cougars are going for their first 3-0 start to the season since 2013 … COUGARS 48, WOLFPACK 18.
WASILLA (2-0) AT
Kodiak will have its hands full with Wasilla quarterback Colton Lindquist, who passed for 174 yards and ran for 211 yards in the Warriors win over North Pole last week. The Bears’ defense, which has allowed 92 points in two games, will have to step up big … WARRIORS 34, BEARS 14.
SOUTH ANCHORAGE (2-0) AT SOLDOTNA (1-0)
A pair of undefeated teams will face off this week on the Kenai Peninsula. The Wolverines have been dominant this season, outscoring opponents 75-7. They will be tested this week as Soldotna is riding a 10-game winning streak after polishing off West Anchorage 49-6 in Week 1 … STARS 45, WOLVERINES 14.
CHUGIAK (2-0) AT
After the first two weeks of the season, Chugiak looks like the team to beat in Division I. The Mustangs kept both Palmer and Kodiak out of the end zone, while their offense has the ability to score through the air on the ground. Bartlett has not started a season 0-2 since 2013. Chugiak makes a statement in this Chugach Conference tilt … MUSTANGS 42, GOLDEN BEARS 0.
JUNEAU (1-1) AT
The Juneau/Thunder Mountain co-op team earned its first victory in program history last week, defeating Antelope Union High School (Arizona) 56-18. The Huskies travel to Anchorage this week to battle Dimond, a 37-15 loser to Palmer last week … HUSKIES 38, LYNX 21.
WEST ANCHORAGE (1-1) AT EAST ANCHORAGE (1-1)
East Anchorage was throttled last week in Arizona, losing to Cesar Chavez 53-0. The Thunderbirds return to Alaska to begin Cook Inlet Conference play against West Anchorage, which picked up its first win last week … THUNDERBIRDS 45, EAGLES 32.