Kodiak’s offense has had trouble holding onto the pigskin through the first three weeks of the season.

On Saturday, fumbles cost the Bears in a 14-13 loss to Thunder Mountain in Juneau.

Inside Thunder Mountain’s 10-yard-line with a minute left in the game, Kodiak coughed up the ball and its chances of knocking off the No. 4 team in the mid-small school rankings.

Kodiak (2-2) had five fumbles on the night —two coming on the goal line.

“That game shouldn’t have been close,” Kodiak coach Jim Schnick said. “Our defense played great football, our offense couldn’t hold onto the ball.”

Kodiak’s defense forced four fumbles and held Thunder Mountain to just one touchdown — the Falcons other score came on a 45-yard fumble return.

Securing the football is going to be a priority in practice this week as Kodiak prepares to return to Northern Lights Conference play Saturday against Kenai.

“It is a huge concern right now, because it has cost us a game,” Schnick said. “I’m not quite sure what the answer is, we just need a little more focus.”

Kodiak took an early 7-0 lead on a Kerry Powers 1-yard plung just three minutes into the contest.

Thunder Mt. scored twice in the second on a 55-yard pass completion and the fumble return.

Jingo Oleas brought Kodiak to within 14-13 near the end of the first half when he recovered a fumble in the end zone. The point after attempt failed.

Powers ended with a game-high 90 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Melvin Javier added 69 yards on 16 carries, while also grabbing two passes for 23 yards.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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