There were a few surprises during the first week of high school football action. 

Valdez beating Nikiski certainly was a surprise, and was one of the four games I misfired on. 

Soldotna beating West Anchorage was not a surprise. The Stars pushed their winning streak to an impressive 40 games.

I went 10-4 last week and hope to improve this week. 

Service (1-0) at Kenai (0-1) — Service had to be the surprise of the first week, disposing of West Valley by 16 points. South Anchorage spoiled Davis Lowery’s debut with Kenai. The former Kodiak defensive coordinator is left searching for his first victory with his new team after this one … COUGARS 34, KARDINALS 23. 

West Valley (0-1) at Eielson (1-0) — Eielson looks like it is again the team to beat in the small-school division. However, jumping up two classifications will not go well for the Ravens … WOLFPACK 42, RAVENS 21. 

North Pole (0-1) at Soldotna (1-0) — 41 straight wins? You betcha … STARS 62, PATRIOTS 7. 

East Anchorage (1-0) at Colony (1-0) — The only battle of unbeaten teams takes place today in the Mat-Su Valley. Both teams earned blowout victories last week — East trounced Palmer by 33, while Colony defeated Bartlett by 41. The game of the week goes to the … KNIGHTS 28, T-BIRDS 21. 

Palmer (0-1) at Bartlett (0-1) — Fittingly the two teams that lost to the teams in the above game face off in Week 2. Bartlett, playing its second game without last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year, figures things out against Palmer … GOLDEN BEARS 37, MOOSE 13. 

South Anchorage (1-0) at Chugiak (0-1) — Chugiak coughed up the ball six times in a seven-point loss to Dimond last week. The Mustangs hold onto the ball against the Wolverines … MUSTANGS 36, WOLVERINES 24. 

Eagle River (0-1) at Houston (0-1) — Wasilla broke a long losing streak last week by beating Eagle River. This week Eagle River breaks a long losing streak against Houston … WOLVES 14, HAWKS 0. 

Seward (0-1) at Valdez (1-0) — I’m not sure I have ever seen Valdez in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network rankings. The Bucs will stay there at least one more week … BUCCANEERS 38, SEAHAWKS 14. 

Redington (0-1) at Ketchikan (1-0) — The Huskies had a tough varsity opener, scoring only six points against small-school power Monroe. Week 2 gets a bit easier, but still does not produce a W … KINGS 42, HUSKIES 24. 

Voznesenka (0-0) at Monroe (1-0) — I don’t know anything about Voznesenka, so going to go with Monroe, a big-time winner in Week 1 … RAMS 56, COUGARS 7. 

Barrow (0-0) at Homer (0-1) — Barrow, last year’s media darlings, open the 2016 on the Kenai Peninsula against a team that put up 31 points and lost. Assuming that junior Travis Adams is behind center, Barrow gets the win … WHALERS 28, MARINERS 17. 

Lathrop (1-0) at West Anchorage (0-1) — Last year South Anchorage lost to Soldotna in Week 1 and finished with a 2-6 record. That is not going to happen to West Anchorage … EAGLES 45, MALAMUTES 21. 

Wasilla (1-0) at Dimond (1-0) — Wasilla snapped a 678-day winless streak with a 15-point win over Eagle River last week. The Warriors win streak is not going to last long … LYNX 54, WARRIORS 14. 

Kodiak (1-0) at Juneau (0-1) — Kodiak travels to Juneau for the first time since 2007. The Crimson Bears are not as powerful as in years past, suiting up only 18 players in their 30-point loss to cross-town rival Thunder Mountain last week. Kodiak makes it two straight years with a victory over Juneau … BEARS 28, CRIMSON BEARS 14. 

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