The final week of the prep football regular season is here.
Next week the playoffs start, which will include eight Division I teams, four Division II teams and four Division III teams.
The final spots will be decided this week.
Last week, I finished 8-4, which included correctly picking Kodiak to win its first game of the season. My season record stands at 56-29.
BARROW (5-1) AT VALDEZ (1-5)
Barrow has reeled off four straight wins and should enter the Division III playoffs on a five-game winning streak … WHALERS 56, BUCCANEERS 7.
REDINGTON (4-2) AT HOUSTON (7-0)
If you had Houston being the only undefeated team remaining in the state in Week 8, my hat is off to you. The Hawks are having the best season in school history, but so is Redington. This is a big game in the Mat-Su Valley … HAWKS 45, HUSKIES 21.
HOMER (3-3) AT KETCHIKAN (1-4)
Ketchikan’s tough season continued last week with a 65-0 loss to Houston. The Kings finish the season strong … KINGS 24, MARINERS 14.
SEWARD (0-6) AT NIKISKI (2-4)
Seward did not have enough eligible players last week so its game against Eielson was canceled. We will see what happens this week … BULLDOGS 45, SEAHAWKS 0.
WEST VALLEY (3-3) AT LATHROP (3-3)
Both West Valley and Lathrop are headed to the Division II playoffs, but one will enter as the Railbelt Conference champion. The winner of this game between Fairbanks schools grabs the conference title …WOLFPACK 38, MALEMUTES 27.
KODIAK (1-6) AT NORTH POLE (1-6)
I can guarantee you that one of these two teams will finish the season with two wins.
Kodiak avoided a winless season last week by knocking off Kenai 14-7, while North Pole suffered its third straight loss, 46-13 to West Valley. It’s a long trip for the Bears, but it will be an enjoyable ride home … BEARS 21, PATRIOTS 17.
CHUGIAK (5-2) AT EAGLE RIVER (4-3)
Last year, Eagle River knocked off rival Chugiak for the first time in school history. Two weeks ago, I wouldn’t have hesitated in picking the Mustangs, but after starting 5-0, they have lost their past two games to Juneau and South Anchorage. Meanwhile, the Wolves are coming off a 74-point loss to Soldotna. Both Chugiak and Eagle River are headed to the postseason … MUSTANGS 45, WOLVES 21.
AT KENAI (1-5)
It’s only a matter of time before Soldotna scores 100 points in a game. The Stars came close last week, hanging 81 on Eagle River. I’m sure Soldotna will be kinder to its rival … STARS 68, KARDINALS 25.
BARTLETT (2-5) AT
Bartlett has come alive in the second half of the season, winning two of its last three to clinch a spot in the Division I playoffs. Juneau has been hot and cold this year. In Week 6, the Huskies topped Chugiak, but in Week 7 they fell to Colony … GOLDEN BEARS 34, HUSKIES 24.
DIMOND (1-5) AT
Colony’s push to the postseason continued last week with an impressive 28-20 victory over Juneau. The Knights are peaking at just the right time … KNIGHTS 52, LYNX 0.
WASILLA (3-4) AT
Ouch! What has happened to Wasilla? After starting the season with three straight wins, Ken Ottinger’s group has dropped four straight. Palmer is also coming off a loss, 64-21 to Lathrop.
One of these rookie coaches will get their first win in the Potato Bowl … MOOSE 21, WARRIORS 20.
SERVICE (6-1) AT EAST (5-1)
Service’s undefeated season ended last week in a 37-14 loss to West Anchorage. It doesn’t get any easier for the Cougars this week as they play at one-loss East Anchorage … THUNDERBIRDS 52, COUGARS 48.
SOUTH (4-3) AT WEST (5-2)
West’s victory over Service catapulted the Eagles into the Division I state title conversation. South Anchorage would also like to be considered in that conversation … EAGLES 49, WOLVERINES 28.