What a crazy Week 1 that was caked full of surprises.

Soldotna steamrolled Division I West Anchorage, South Anchorage blanked Bartlett and Palmer only scored two points. 

All that lead to a horrific 6-8 record to start the season. It can only get better from here.

The craziness continues this week as four games — with a potential of five — have been cancelled because of the Swan Lake Fire between the communities of Sterling and Cooper Landing. 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced the cancellations via Twitter Wednesday evening. 

“All OUTDOOR athletics at or hosted by @KPBSD schools are cancelled until further notice. All activity related travel between Sterling and Cooper Landing on Sterling Highway is cancelled until further notice.” 

Homer at Redington, Nikiski at Monroe, Eielson at Kenai and Seward at Valdez all are cancelled. 

According to the Peninsula Clarion, Soldotna is exploring the possibility of flying to Fairbanks to play West Valley.

“You can only control the things you can control,” Galen Brantley Jr. told the Clarion. “Wildfires across the state are something completely out of our control. Plus we’re a little banged up after playing West (in Week 1), so it’s probably not a horrible thing.”

All games are nonconference and will not be rescheduled. 

That shortens the Week 2 slate to eight games — nine if Soldotna ends up playing.    

 

EAGLE RIVER (0-1) at HOUSTON (1-0)

Houston’s 46-0 win over Valdez was the biggest margin of victory last week, while Eagle River, last year’s Division II runner-up suffered 28-point loss to Lathrop. This game will be a good indicator if Houston is for real in Division III … HAWKS 45, WOLVES 42. 

 

WEST ANCHORAGE (0-1) at LATHROP (1-0)

The biggest surprise in Week 1 was West Anchorage only scoring six points in a 40-point loss to Soldotna. The Eagles now take on Lathrop quarterback Jace Henry who tossed three touchdowns and ran for another in a dominant performance over Eagle River. I’m going to ride with Lathrop … MALEMUTES 38, EAGLES 14. 

 

NORTH POLE (0-1) AT WASILLA (1-0)

Jumping from the diamond to the gridiron was no problem for new Wasilla coach Ken Ottinger. Ott, who doubles as Wasilla’s high school and American Legion baseball coach, won his debut game, a 39-32 victory over West Valley. 

In his second game, Ott draws another Fairbanks-based team at home. North Pole struggled against Division III Eielson, so Ott should remain perfect as coach … WARRIORS 45, PATRIOTS 14. 

 

DIMOND (1-0) AT 

PALMER (0-1)

The post-Rod Christian era did not start well for Palmer. The Moose only scored on a safety in a 24-point loss to Division I Chugiak last week. 

Now, Palmer meets up with a Dimond squad that put up 36 points against Kodiak. The Moose are too good of a team to fall to 0-2 and find a way to stop the Lynx running attack … MOOSE 24, LYNX 14.  

 

SOLDOTNA (1-0) AT WEST VALLEY (0-1)

Who expected Soldotna to crush West Anchorage by 40 points last week? I certainly did not. The Stars proved they are loaded with stars again as they pushed their winning streak to 10 games with the victory over the Division I Eagles. Another road game, another win for Soldotna this week … STARS 54, WOLFPACK 9. 

 

CHUGIAK (1-0) AT 

KODIAK (0-1)

Kodiak plays up a classification for the second straight week when it entertains Chugiak tonight at Joe Floyd Track and Field.

Chugiak is coming off a 26-2 win over Palmer.  The Mustangs’ last trip to The Rock resulted in a 50-0 victory in 2014. This is a tough home opener for the Bears … MUSTANGS 34, BEARS 14.  

 

SERVICE (1-0) AT BARTLETT (0-1)

Bartlett was shut out last week against South, while Service put up 58 points in a shootout against Juneau. Fifty-eight points! … COUGARS 45, GOLDEN BEARS 21. 

 

COLONY (0-1) AT SOUTH ANCHORAGE (1-0)

After winning the large-school state title in 2014, South has struggled cracking the win column. Judging by last week’s 37-0 win over Bartlett, this season could be different for the boys on the southside … WOLVERINES 28, KNIGHTS 27. 

 

EAST ANCHORAGE (1-0) AT CEASAR CHAVEZ, ARIZONA (0-0)

East vs. Ceasar Part II. The Arizona school ventured to Alaska last season to defeat East 40-14. Today, East plays Ceasar in Arizona. The Thunderbirds will put up a fight ... CHAMPIONS 44, THUNDERBIRDS 21. 

 

 

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