Kodiak fumbled away a victory last Saturday and then tumbled out of the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network poll on Monday.
This is the first time in three weeks that Kodiak hasn’t been ranked. The Bears were ranked as high as No. 2 this season.
Kodiak, ranked No. 5 last week, fell out of the rankings with a 14-13 loss to No. 4 Thunder Mountain in Juneau. The Falcons remained No. 4 in this week’s mid-small school rankings.
The Bears’ did receive at least one vote in this week poll that is voted on media from around the state.
Kodiak fumbled five times against Thunder Mountain, with two coming on the goal line.
“We were moving the ball really well,” Kodiak coach Jim Schnick said. “It’s just ball control.”
Sophomore fullback Kerry Powers led Kodiak with a career-best 90 yards rushing.
“They were trying to shutdown our wing backs — (Jemuel) Medina and (Melvin) Javier — and were crowding the outside and giving us much so we were taking it through the middle.”
The loss dropped Kodiak to 2-2 after beginning the season with two straight wins.
This Saturday, Kodiak plays at winless Kenai (0-4) in a Northern Lights Conference contest.
Eielson (3-0) remained the top team in the mid-small school rankings despite not playing last weekend.
Soldotna (3-1) and Nikiski (3-1) also remained in the second and third spots. The Stars beat Homer 38-8, while Nikiski romped Seward 54-0.
Eielson plays Nikiski this week in a big Greatland Conference game.
Monroe takes over the No. 5 spots following its 52-7 win over Ketchikan.
South Anchorage went from No. 3 to the top-ranked team in the large school poll following its 41-3 win over Chugiak.
Previous No. 1 Service dropped all the way to No. 4 despite beating Eagle River 32-0.
Palmer remained at No.2 after its 26-7 win over West Valley.
North Pole moved up one to No. 3 after beating Kenai 43-9, while West Anchorage moved into the rankings at No. 5 following its 35-0 win over Bartlett.
Previous No. 5 Colony dropped out of the poll after losing to Juneau 21-20.
Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdaily
Alaska Sports Broadcasting
(This week’s opponent)
1. Eielson 3-0 (Nikiski); 2. Soldotna 3-1 (Houston); 3. Nikiski 3-1 (Eielson); 4. Thunder Mountain 3-1 (Skyview); 5. Monroe 3-1 (bye)
Other recieving votes: Kodiak
1. South Anchorage 4-0 (Vista Murrieta, Calif.); 2. Palmer 4-0 (Colony); 3. North Pole 4-0 (Wasilla); 4. Service 3-1 (Chugiak); 5. West Anchorage 3-1 (East Anchorage)
Others receiving votes: Juneau-Douglas