In Kodiak, the surname Lindquist is associated with swimming.
Wasilla’s Colton Lindquist is far from a swimmer.
“He swims like a rock,” first-year Wasilla football coach Ken Ottinger said.
“I do not, I just sink like a rock,” Lindquist fired back.
Luckily for Lindquist and Wasilla, a football game is played on a field and not in a pool.
The 5-foot-9, 178-pound, dual-threat quarterback did it all in Wasilla’s 42-0 nonconference victory over Kodiak Saturday at Joe Floyd Track and Field.
He passed for 140 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 160 yards and four touchdowns, returned a punt 52 yards and punted twice.
In all, Lindquist accounted for 300 of Wasilla’s 348 offensive yards and all of the Warriors’ touchdowns.
And he wasn’t even slated to be Wasilla’s quarterback at the beginning of the season.
Junior Byson Malave was supposed to be the Warriors’ starting quarterback, but he was still playing American Legion baseball when the football season started.
Lindquist stepped in and has been phenomenal, leading Wasilla to its first 3-0 start since 1999.
“He didn’t want to be there, but didn’t say anything about it,” Ottinger said. “He has been plugging away. It’s going to be hard for Byson to come back and take that spot back.”
Lindquist had scoring runs from 1, 1, 4 and 12 yards and touchdown passes of 20 and 44 yards to Luke Devine and Kahuna Patterson.
“We started off really tired,” Lindquist said. “Being stuck in an airport for 30 hours is not the best.”
The game was initially scheduled for Friday but was played on Saturday because weather kept the Warriors from flying to The Rock. Instead of driving back to the Mat-Su Valley, the team stayed at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
This trip came on the heels of a Week 2 game against North Pole in Fairbanks. The game was supposed to be played in Wasilla but was shifted to the interior because of poor air quality due to the wildfires.
“That is the difference between this team and previous team, they just deal with it and figure it out,” Ottinger said.
Ottinger, who is also coach of Wasilla’s high school and American Legion baseball teams, is attempting to turn around a program that has gone 7-28 since its last winning season in 2014.
“We are trying to change culture, mindset and how kids act on and off the field. That is my job,” Ottinger said. “The scoreboard reflects on my kids and my assistant coaches.”
Second-year coach Bryan Ellsworth is trying to do the same thing in Kodiak. He wasn’t helped out by the schedule makers, who dealt him three Division I teams to begin the season.
The Bears completed the most daunting stretch of games in program history by being outscored 134-0. This is the first time Kodiak has been shutout in three straight games since its first varsity season in 2004.
“We got to score some points,” Ellsworth said. “We are getting close.”
Kodiak’s longest drive of the game — 15 plays, 61 yards — resulted in a failed fourth-down attempt on Wasilla’s 9-yard line in the third quarter.
The Bears ended with 189 offensive yards and 12 first downs but was hurt by five turnovers — three interceptions and two fumbles.
“Turnovers are a big factor,” Ellsworth said.
Igan Galindez led Kodiak with nine rushes for 77 yards, which included a 44-yard scamper in the second quarter.
Jose Martinez, in his first game this season, rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries.
“He was the player of the game,” Ellsworth said. “We knew we were getting a good player.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Wasilla broke the game open with three touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the second quarter.
Despite giving up 42 points, Ellsworth thought his defense played well against a bigger team.
“I was very stoked with how our defense played,” he said. “We played tough.”
Week 4 doesn’t get any easier for Kodiak as the Bears play at Palmer. The Division II Moose are 6-0 alltime against the Bears, outscoring them 252-59.
“They have a bruising running back that is going to be hard to tackle,” Ellsworth said.
WARRIORS 42, BEARS 0
Wasilla 0 20 14 8 — 42
Kodiak 0 0 0 0 — 0
Was — Lindquist 1 run (run failed), 7:02
Was — Devine 20 pass from Lindquist (Lindquist run), 4:00
Was — Lindquist 12 run (run failed), 0:14
Was — Patterson 44 pass from Lindquist (run failed), 10:48
Was — Lindquist 1 run (Lindquist run), 8:00
Was — Lindquist 4 run (Bezhner run), 8:11
Rushing: Wasilla — Lindquist 17-160, Hayes 8-0, Obrenski 3-48. Kodiak — Mangrobang 3-15, Galindez 9-77, Walker 14-20, Sabangan 2-(-16), Arevalo 5-2, Shin 5-2, Martinez 15-59.
Passing: Wasilla — Lindquist 5-18-2-0 - 140. Kodiak - Walker 1-9-0-2 — 16, Galindez 2-7-0-0 - 3, Sabangan 2-4-0-1 — 18.
Receiving: Wasilla - Rodriguez 1-34, Patterson 2-52, Bezhenar 1-34, No. 20 1-20. Kodiak — Mangrobang 4-24, Galindez 1-13.