Football

Kodiak football helmets line a bench during a 2011 high school football game against Kenai at Joe Floyd Track and Field. Derek Clarkston/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak rekindles its rivalry with former Northern Lights Conference member Homer at 6 p.m. today at Joe Floyd Track and Field. 

The all-time series between the two schools is knotted at six wins apiece, with Kodiak winning the last two games, 22-20 in 2014 and 26-8 in 2013. 

Homer, now part of the small-school Peninsula Conference, lost to Barrow last week 47-6. The Mariners (0-2) were playing without starting junior quarterback Teddy Croft who showed concussion symptoms he sustained during a Week 1 loss to Eielson. In that game, he passed for three touchdowns, rushed for two and tallied 267 yards of offense. 

Kodiak coach Bill McGuire watched Croft play this summer at the All-Alaskan Football Camp. 

“He is a good kid. He is a good athlete and has a really nice arm,” McGuire said. “If he plays it will be a test.”

Kodiak’s defense has only allowed one touchdown and forced eight turnovers in the team’s opening two victories. It’s the offense that McGuire would like to see get going in the Bears’ final nonconference game before three straight NLC contests against Palmer, Kenai and Soldotna. Kodiak’s offense has scored five touchdowns in wins against Houston and Juneau.

The offense gets a boost as senior running back Jay Miranda is slated to make his 2016 debut. Miranda rushed for 629 yards and combined for 13 touchdowns last season. 

“We all know what Jay is capable of doing and I look for him to have a big game,” McGuire said. 

Kodiak is aiming to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2008. 

“Every game is important,” McGuire said. “That is a big deal starting 3-0. If we start 3-0 we will take a lot of confidence into the Palmer game.” 

Derek Clarkston is a staff writer at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact him at (907) 486-3227, ext. 625.

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