WHEW. That was a quick four weeks. It’s hard to believe that the prep football season is halfway over.
What have we learned?
Soldotna is again the best team in the state. Service, Chugiak and Juneau are contenders in Division I, while Redington and Houston are surprise teams in Division III.
The final four weeks of the season should be exciting.
I went 10-4 in Week 4 and upped my season record to 31-15.
BARROW (2-1) AT MONROE (2-1)
After dropping its Aurora Conference opener last week to Redington, this is pretty much a must-win for Monroe. Barrow, coming off a slim 14-0 win at Nikiski, is playing its first conference game of the season … RAMS 53, WHALERS 23.
REDINGTON (3-0) AT EIELSON (3-0)
This is the marquee matchup in Division III this week, and it involves two similar teams. Redington has scored 138 points and given up 50 points this season, while Eielson has scored 133 and surrendered 44. Eielson is at home, so … RAVENS 42, HUSKIES 21.
VALDEZ (1-3) AT HOMER (1-2)
Valdez has been outscored 106-13 in the past two weeks, while Homer is coming off a 20-8 loss to Houston a week ago … HAWKS 34, BUCCANEERS 6.
SEWARD (0-4) AT HOUSTON (4-0)
Houston has been the surprise team of Division III this season. The Hawks defense has been lights out, holding opponents to a touchdown per game. Despite being winless, Seward has been able to find the end zone, averaging 16 points per contest. Houston’s dream season continues … HAWKS 56, SEAHAWKS 14.
NIKISKI (0-3) AT KETCHIKAN (1-2)
Ketchikan picked up its first win last week and will stay alive in the Peninsula Conference with a victory over Nikiski this week … KINGS 28, BULLDOGS 7.
LATHROP (2-2) AT SOLDOTNA (3-0)
Not even a team from California could slow down Soldotna. Lathrop will do its best, but the Stars will be fired up for their first home game of the season … STARS 62, MALEMUTES 21.
NORTH POLE (1-4) AT PALMER (2-2)
Both squads are trying to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Palmer emerges with the winning streak … MOOSE 52, PATRIOTS 16.
WEST VALLEY (0-3) AT KENAI (1-2)
After beginning the year with a victory, Kenai has dropped its last two games by a combined score of 90-24. Meanwhile, West Valley has lost two games by a combined 13 points. West Valley ends the skid … WOLFPACK 24, KARDINALS 21.
EAGLE RIVER (2-2) AT KODIAK (0-4)
Eagle River’s slow start to the season has been erased with consecutive wins over North Pole and West Valley. The Wolves — last year’s Division II runner-up — heads to The Rock for the first Northern Lights Conference battle of the season.
It’s hard to imagine Kodiak being scoreless through the first four weeks of the season, but that is the case. I am confident the Bears find the end zone this week … BEARS 21, WOLVES 20.
BARTLETT (0-4) AT
Bartlett and Colony were two of the better teams in 2018; now they enter this Chugach Conference game with a combined 1-7 record. Colony at least has shown it’s capable of putting up points … KNIGHTS 34, GOLDEN BEARS 14.
CHUGIAK (4-0) AT
This game was set up to be a battle of unbeatens — that was until Wasilla laid an egg last week in the Capital City. After only netting one win in 2018, Chugiak has four wins and could be the team to beat in Division I … MUSTANGS 34, WARRIORS 13.
WEST ANCHORAGE (2-2) AT JUNEAU (3-1)
Talk about home-field advantage, Juneau has scored more than 55 points in three straight home wins. West Anchorage’s defense — a unit allowing 31 points per game — will be tested in this one … HUSKIES 57, EAGLES 31.
DIMOND (1-2) AT
At 56.7 points per game, Service is the highest-scoring team in the state. Meanwhile, Dimond has only scored 57 points in three games … COUGARS 60, LYNX 7.
EAST ANCHORAGE (2-1) AT SOUTH ANCHORAGE (3-1)
South bounced back from its Week 3 loss to South with a dominating win over Dimond in Week 4. The Wolverines take this crucial Cook Inlet Conference battle … WOLVERINES 45, THUNDERBIRDS 21.