Kodiak football helmets line a bench during a 2011 high school football game against Kenai at Joe Floyd Track and Field. Derek Clarkston/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak made sure its stay in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network’s football wasn’t short-lived. 

Buoyed by four second-half touchdowns, Kodiak outlasted Homer 56-32 on Saturday and moved up to No. 3 in the medium-small schools rankings.

The Bears debuted in the poll last week at No. 5. It was their first appearance in the rankings since Week 2 of last season. They dropped out the following week and never appeared again.

A strong offensive showing and some big plays on defense were enough for voters to move Kodiak up two spots from a week ago. 

At 3-0, Kodiak is one of only three undefeated teams left in the medium- and small-school divisions — No. 1 Soldotna and No. 2 Valdez are also perfect heading into Week 4. 

Three Shaun Walton second-half touchdowns turned Kodiak’s three-point halftime cushion into a 25-point lead. 

“We just really wanted to go into Palmer being 3-0,” said Walton, who scored on two pick-sixes and a receiving touchdown. 

Kodiak hosts Palmer (0-3) Friday in a Northern Lights Conference opener for both squads. The Moose, making their first trip to Kodiak, are 2-0 all-time against the Bears. 

Soldotna increased its state-best winning streak to 42 games with a 44-0 route of large-school Wasilla. 

The Stars continue their tour through the upper ranks with a marquee matchup against large-school No. 1 East Anchorage Saturday in Anchorage. 

East (3-0) remained the only undefeated large-school squad with a 40-20 victory over previous-No.2 Dimond. 

Valdez remained undefeated with a 65-30 thumping of Redington, a first-year varsity program based in the Mat-Su Valley. 

Valdez hosts No. 4 Eielson (2-1) Saturday. Kenai (1-2) round out the medium-small school rankings. 

Former Kodiak defensive coordinator Davis Lowery earned his first victory as Kenai’s head coach with a 23-12 win at Thunder Mountain. 

West Anchorage, Lathrop, Colony and Dimond — all 2-1 — complete the large-school rankings. 

Derek Clarkston is a staff writer at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact him at (907) 486-3227, ext. 625.

Alaska Sports 

Broadcasting Network rankings

Large schools

1. East Anchorage, 3-0; 2. West Anchorage, 2-1; 3. Lathrop, 2-1; 4. Colony, 2-1; 5. Dimond, 2-1. 

Medium-small schools

1. Soldotna, 3-0; 2. Valdez, 3-0; 3. Kodiak, 3-0; 4. Eielson, 2-1; 5. Kenai, 1-2.

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