Ken Ottinger must not be human.
The man rolls from one sport to another, without breaking a sweat.
During the spring, he led Wasilla High School to its first state baseball title. During the summer, he guided Wasilla’s American Legion baseball team to a runner-up finish at the state tournament and the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament in Wyoming. The Road Warriors’ second-place finish was the highest for an Alaska legion team at a regional competition.
Now, he is in his first season as head coach of Wasilla’s football team.
“I haven’t even had a break,” Ottinger said. “My AD (athletic director) wasn’t very happy when she found out we were going to Wyoming on game Week 1 prep.”
Ottinger didn’t expect to win in Wyoming. Instead, he planned on playing tourist after being bounced from the tournament. That never happened.
“We won one. We won two. We won three, Yellowstone is done,” Ottinger said.
Ottinger has brought his winning ways to the gridiron and has the Warriors at 3-0 for the first time since 1999.
The Swan Lake Fire continued to wreak havoc on the high school football season as several games were canceled in Week 3 because of the wildfire.
Games that did not happen last week: Homer at Monroe, Valdez at Nikiski, Lathrop at Kenai and Juneau at Dimond.
Instead, Kenai traveled to Juneau and Valdez played at Monroe.
With several games coming off the slate, I went 8-2 in Week 3, which upped my season total to 21-11.
BARROW (1-1) AT NIKISKI (0-2)
Both teams are coming off losses, which makes this an important game. The Bulldogs have struggled this season and will remain winless on the year … WHALERS 34, BULLDOGS 14.
EIELSON (2-0) AT VALDEZ (1-2)
Valdez has given up 116 points this season, that’s an average of 38 points per game. That does not bode well for the Buccaneers as they host an Eielson squad averaging 40 points a game … RAVENS 56, BUCCANEERS 7.
MONROE (2-0) AT REDINGTON (2-0)
Monroe heads into a crucial Aurora Conference battle clicking on all cylinders. The Rams hung 63 points on Valdez last week. Redington is also playing well, which makes this one of the better contests of the week … RAMS 43, HUSKIES 35.
HOUSTON (3-0) AT HOMER (1-1)
The last time Houston started a season 3-0 was in 2013. The Hawks did not get to 4-0 that season as they lost to Soldotna. Houston is not facing Soldotna this year and should stay undefeated on the year … HAWKS 28, MARINERS 21.
KETCHIKAN (0-2) AT SEWARD (0-3)
The visitors will win this battle of winless teams … KINGS 14, SEAHAWKS 7.
SERVICE (3-0) AT LATHROP
Service is an offensive juggernaut this season, averaging 58 points per game, while Lathrop has scored 40 or more points twice this season. Expect a shootout in Fairbanks … COUGARS 56, MALEMUTES 48.
KENAI (1-1) AT NORTH POLE (0-3)
Because of the wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula, the Kardinals have not played a home game this season. That trend continues this week with a trip to Fairbanks. Kenai finds success on the road … KARDINALS 38, PATRIOTS 28.
KODIAK (0-3) AT PALMER (1-2)
Will this be the week that the hometown boys crack the scoreboard? The Moose are not as dominant as in years past, so I’m going yes … MOOSE 28, BEARS 7.
EAGLE RIVER (1-2) AT WEST VALLEY (0-2)
West Valley was throttled last week, losing 63-0 to Service. The Wolfpack picked up their first win of the season against the Wolves … WOLFPACK 21, WOLVES 20.
SOLDOTNA (2-0) AT
CHRISTIAN, CALIFORNIA (1-1)
Soldotna takes its 11-game winning streak to California to take on Christian of El Cajon. The Patriots went 10-2 last year and qualified for the playoffs. Lower 48 teams are always tough, but it is hard to go against the Stars … STARS 34, PATRIOTS 31.
BARTLETT (0-3) AT WEST ANCHORAGE (1-2)
Neither Bartlett or West Anchorage have lit up the scoreboard this season … EAGLES 17, GOLDEN BEARS 16.
COLONY (1-2) AT
Chugiak continued its run of dominance with a 34-20 win over Bartlett last week. The Mustangs draw another Chugach Conference opponent in Week 4 … MUSTANGS 45, KNIGHTS 21.
WASILLA (3-0) AT
The past two weeks Wasilla has traveled to Fairbanks and Kodiak, now the Warriors head to the Capital City. I’m all in on Wasilla this season … WARRIORS 38, HUSKIES 31.
SOUTH ANCHORAGE (2-1)
AT DIMOND (1-1)
Soldotna handed South its first defeat of the season last week, while Dimond did not play because of the wildfires. The Wolverines get back on track in this Cook Inlet Conference matchup … WOLVERINES 52, LYNX 28.