The season begins with a matchup against large-school power Chugiak on Saturday at Joe Floyd Track and Field.
Kodiak faces another large-school squad when it travels to Colony in Week 4.
The Bears also face a pair of small schools — Barrow and Voznesenka — along with independent Houston.
Homer, Soldotna and Barrow all come to Kodiak, while the Bears make trips to Kenai, Houston and Voznesenka.
Here is a breakdown of Kodiak’s schedule:
Week 1 — Aug. 16
Kodiak and Chugiak will meet for the first time on the gridiron during the opening week of the high school football season.
Chugiak is in the large school classification and plays in the Cook Inlet Conference. The Mustangs won the state title in 1996 and have been the state runner-up five times.
Last season, Chugiak lost to Service in the large-school quarterfinals.
Chugiak’s Roger Spackman will be making his head coaching debut against Kodiak. Spackman replaced Duncan Shackelford, who retired after spending 20 years on the sideline — 10 with Dimond and 10 with Chugiak.
Week 2 — Aug. 23
Kodiak plays its first Northern Lights Conference game of the season in Week 2 against Homer.
The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak to Homer last season with a 26-8 win in Homer. The Mariners lead the all-time series 6-5.
Week 3 — Aug. 30
Kodiak’s first away game of the season is a beauty — an NLC game at Kenai.
The Kardinals ended the Bears season last year with a 47-6 win in a medium-schools quarterfinal game in Kenai. The Kardinals went on to lose to Juneau-Douglas, 42-15, in a semifinal game.
Kenai has won the last two meetings and leads the all-time series 9-4, which includes two playoff wins.
Week 4 — Sept. 6
Kodiak heads to large school Colony in Week 4.
The Knights are coming off a succesful season where they lost to Dimond, 38-17, in the first round of the large school playoffs.
This is only the second meeting between Kodiak and Colony. The Knights won the first one, 23-6, in Kodiak in 2009.
Week 5 — Sept. 13
Kodiak’s biggest game of the regular season comes in Week 5 against Soldotna, last year’s medium schools state champions.
Kodiak has never beaten Soldotna in the history of the program. The Stars own a 15-0 record against the Bears, which includes three wins in the small school state championship game from 2006 to 2008.
Kodiak has been outscored 166-14 in the last three meetings.
Week 6 — Sept. 20
The final home game of the season is against the Barrow Whalers in Week 6.
Barrow, the northernmost high school football team in the nation, is a member of the Greatland Conference in the small school classification.
Barrow’s season ended last year with a 40-0 loss to Monroe-Catholic in a small school semifinal game.
Kodiak won the last meeting, 48-6, in 2010 in Kodiak. The Bears are 3-0 all-time against the Whalers.
Week 7 — Sept. 27
Houston dropped from the Northern Lights Conference this season and is playing as an independent.
Kodiak won last year’s meeting, 37-7, and holds an 8-2 all-time record over the Hawks.
Week 8 — Oct. 4
Kodiak was supposed to play Voznesenka last year, but the game was cancelled because Voz did not have enough players.
The two teams will try again in the final week of the season on Oct. 4.
Voz is a second-year team playing in the Greatland Conference.
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