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DEREK CLARKSTON/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak quarterback Jack Malloy throws a pass during Tuesday’s practice at Joe Floyd Track and Field. 

For the first decade of Kodiak High School football, any game at Joe Floyd Track and Field led to muddy uniforms. That changed in 2012 when a multimillion-dollar artificial turf field was installed, washing away the muddy mess. 

The first game on the turf was played on Sept. 15, 2012 — a 41-7 loss to powerhouse Soldotna. The Bears have compiled a 15-15 record on the turf. Here is a look back at all 30 games. 

2012

Soldotna 41, Kodiak 7

Soldotna spoiled Kodiak’s debut on the artificial turf at Joe Floyd Track and Field with a 34-point victory. 

Kodiak’s offense struggled with the wet conditions, losing six fumbles and throwing one interception. The Bears’ first four drives ended in turnovers, which the Stars turned into a 28-0 lead midway through the second half. 

Running back Dakota Wibbe led Kodiak with 98 of the Bears’ 167 rushing yards.  

Homer 20, Kodiak 0

In a rare Monday night game on The Rock, Homer quarterback Mark McGregor rushed for 185 yards and two scores on a punishing 45 carries. 

Kodiak was stymied to 29 yards on 37 offensive plays. 

Inclement weather kept Homer from flying to the island, which set up the Monday game. 

2013

Kenai 22, Kodiak 21

Kenai milked the final 6 minutes, 46 seconds off the clock to hang onto a one-point victory.

Chase Logan toted the ball 13 times, converted three first downs and rushed for 49 yards on Kenai’s final possession, which ended on Kodiak’s 25-yard-line with just 49 seconds left. The 5-foot-10 back finished with a game-high 148 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries.

Melvin Javier led Kodiak with 120 yards on eight carries, while Kerry Powers had 72 yards on 15 totes.

Kodiak 60, 

Thunder Mt. 15

Kodiak amassed 532 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns to post its first win on the turf.

Javier paved the way with 174 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. Jon LeVan added 106 yards and two scores on eight touches.

Quarterback Josh Yavorsky — now an officer for the Kodiak Police Department — scrambled for 88 yards and two touchdowns. 

Kodiak 37, Houston 7

Javier logged 141 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 17 totes while battering ram Powers bruised his way to 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. 

Kodiak 61, Skyview 0

Kodiak’s defense was dominant in blanking Skyview in its final football game — the Kenai Peninsula-based school transitioned to a middle school in 2014. 

The Panthers generated only seven yards of total offense and two first downs. Meanwhile, the Bears piled up the yards, rolling to 323 rushing yards and 94 passing yards. 

Powers tallied a game-high 102 yards on the ground and two touchdowns on 12 carries. 

2014

Chugiak 50, Kodiak 0

Kodiak opened the season by getting shut out by Division I Chugiak.  Javier, a senior quarterback, was the Bears’ lone bright spot, accounting for 74 of the team’s 102 total offensive yards. Derryck Snell, now a running back for Montana State University, hauled in both of his receptions for touchdowns — 14 and 46 yards. 

Kodiak 22, Homer 20

Isagani Galindez was the man on a rainy day at The Floyd. The 5-foot-2, 160-pound back scored a pair of touchdowns and put the Bears ahead late in the fourth quarter by converting a two-point conversion. The victory was secured when Trisan Eluska scooped up a Homer fumble inside the red zone.  

Soldotna 48, Kodiak 0

Soldotna scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and amassed 470 yards of total offense — 299 rushing and 171 passing. Quarterback Brooks Furlong completed 10 of 13 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns to Jared Chavez on screen passes that went 34 and 41 yards. Furlong also ran for an 8-yard score, while running back Drew Gibbs rushed for a pair of scores and 144 yards on 26 carries.

Kodiak gained only 43 yards of offense on 35 plays. 

Kodiak 38, Barrow 6

Galindez once again shined at The Floyd, racing to a career-best 200 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Jay-Ar Small added a rushing touchdown and 68 yards on the ground.

2015

Kodiak 20,

Eagle River 0

Kodiak pitched the 16th shutout in program history in the 2015 season opener at The Floyd. Kodiak’s defense allowed only 59 yards and recovered three fumbles. Eagle River’s 11 offensive possessions read like this: fumble, turnover on downs, punt, fumble, fumble, turnover on downs, turnover on downs, punt, punt, turnover on downs and turnover on downs.

Running back Jay Miranda accounted for 121 of Kodiak’s 180 total offensive yards — 86 rushing and 34 receiving. 

Kenai 46, Kodiak 18

Kenai turned five Kodiak turnovers into three touchdowns to turn a seven-point halftime lead into a blowout. After rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown in the first half, Miranda missed the second half because of an injury. 

Zach Tuttle did it all for Kenai, scoring three times — two rushing and one kickoff return — and intercepted Kodiak quarterback Andreas Carros twice. 

Kodiak 28, Juneau 20

Juneau quarterback Bubba Stults had a day, passing for 347 yards and two touchdowns on 26 of 52 attempts, but it was the Bears’ secondary that grabbed four interceptions — two by Tyler Wietfeld — to secure the win. Wietfeld returned one of his picks 21 yards for a score. 

A week after passing for a career-high 340 yards in a 52-48 loss at North Pole, Carros used his legs, rushing for a game- and career-best 97 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. He passed for another 55 yards and a touchdown on 5 of 18 attempts.

Barrow 14, Kodiak 0

With an NFL Network film crew recording footage for “Football Town: Barrow, Alaska,” the Whalers stunned Kodiak in the 2015 season finale at The Floyd. 

Travis Adams, Barrow’s elusive sophomore quarterback, rushed for a game-high 160 yards and one touchdown. 

Kodiak’s offense made five trips into the red zone and wasn’t able to score any points. The Bears had a Miranda rushing touchdown called back because of a holding penalty, while four of Kodiak’s five second-half drives ended with a failed fourth-down pass in the red zone.

2016

Kodiak 14, Houston 0

The defense smothered Houston, limiting the former member of the Northern Lights Conference to 108 yards of offense — 66 on the ground and 42 through the air — and plucked four interceptions.

Sophomore linebacker Derek Rastopsoff picked off Houston quarterback Robert Ritter twice, while juniors Wesley Walker and Shaun Walton each added one interception to pitch the program’s 17th shutout.  

Kodiak 56, Homer 32

In five minutes, Walton turned a tight game into a romp. The junior scored three times — twice on interceptions to give the Bears their first 3-0 start since 2008. Kodiak outscored Homer 29-8 in the second half.

In his 2016 season debut, Miranda rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns — 35 and 70 yards — on 15 carries. Carros scrambled for 108 yards and two short-yardage touchdowns and connected on 7 of 14 passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Palmer 35, Kodiak 18

Palmer coach Rod Christiansen picked up his 145th career win and first on The Rock as his team overcame a 12-8 halftime deficit. 

Palmer’s second-half rally was triggered by recovering a pair of onside kicks. 

Carros passed for 195 yards and one score on 15 of 28 passes while scrambling for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Soldotna 42, Kodiak 0

Soldotna scored 21 points in the first nine minutes of the contest, while Brenner Furlong accounted for 190 yards — 133 rushing — and three touchdowns.

Soldotna’s defense was the star of the game, intercepting Carros four times and allowing only 110 yards — 41 on the ground and 69 in the air. 

The Bears’ offense ran a mere 37 plays to Soldotna’s 60 and crossed midfield twice, with the deepest drive ending at the Stars’ 23. 

2017

Eielson 24, Kodiak 7

In its first trip to the island, Eielson’s defense forced five turnovers to beat Kodiak for the first time in five tries.

Kodiak totaled only 214 offensive yards — 87 rushing and 127 passing — on 48 plays. The Bears only netted five first downs and ran 12 plays in Ravens’ territory. Running back Kaleb Finley led Kodiak with 77 yards on 14 carries. 

Kodiak 27, Kenai 22

With time running out, Kodiak’s defense corralled elusive Kenai running back Zach Tuttle at the 5-yard line — three yards behind the line of scrimmage — to preserve the Bears’ first victory over the Kardinals since 2012. 

Walton, a senior, had his best game at quarterback, completing 10 of 22 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns — the last coming on a perfectly executed 50-yard slant to Francisco that put Kodiak up 27-14 in the fourth quarter. A week after galloping for 107 yards, Finley led Kodiak’s ground attack with 96 yards on 13 touches, while Derek Rastopsoff bruised his way to 72 yards on 15 carries. 

Tuttle accounted for 204 of Kenai’s 338 offensive yards. 

Kodiak 21,

West Valley 7

After starting quarterback Walton was knocked out of the game with a leg injury in the first quarter, freshman Dosey Berry tossed a pair of touchdown passes to knock off the Division I opponent. 

Two of Berry’s three completions went to the house — a 27-yarder to Walter Brewer and a 23-yarder to Joel Francisco with just 12 seconds left in the half. 

Eagle River 7, Kodiak 0

In coach Bill McGuire’s final game, Kodiak’s offense came up empty in a loss to Eagle River. 

The Bears generated only 159 total yards of offense — 115 on the ground and 44 through the air. 

Finley was the lone sparkplug, twisting and turning his way to 114 all-purpose yards on 15 touches. He busted runs of 25, 30 and 38 yards, but was also stopped behind the line of scrimmage four times. 

McGuire ended his three-year tenure with a 10-14 record. 

2018

Kodiak 56, Homer 15

Senior Micah Bartell rushed for 264 yards, with half of his eight carries going for touchdowns. He finished 17 yards shy of Alex Woodell’s 2008 school record of 281 yards, set in a playoff victory over Nikiski. Woodell, though, needed 30 carries, while Bartel averaged 33 yards per touch and only carried the ball twice in the second half. 

Kodiak rushed for 433 yards in coach Bryan Ellsworth’s debut. 

Kodiak 20, Lathrop 12

Behind a pair of goal-line stands and a Finley 82-yard interception return for a touchdown, Kodiak scored 20 first-half points to knock off the Fairbanks-based school. 

In front of a KTUU news crew who flew to the island for the game, Bartell rushed 12 times for 186 yards and a touchdown.

Soldotna 57,

Kodiak 16

Bartell capped a 10-play, 75-yard opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown plunge. It was all Soldotna after that as the Stars amassed 531 yards of offense.

Bartel was Kodiak’s offense, eclipsing the century mark for the fifth straight game. The senior speedster went for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. 

Kodiak 51,

North Pole 20

In the 2018 season finale, Bartell rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns to become the first player in program history to run for 1,000 yards in a season. He finished with 1,115 yards. 

Before Bartel, Michael Odell was the closest Kodiak back to reach the milestone total. In 2007, Odell rushed for 869 yards in 10 games — 303 coming in two playoff outings. In 2010, Riley McFarlin rushed for 763 yards in eight games.

2019

Chugiak 56, Kodiak 0

Chugiak used big plays to deny Kodiak a victory in the 2019 home opener. Twenty-one of the Mustangs’ 36 offensive snaps went for more than 10 yards, while five of their eight touchdowns came from outside the red zone. Quarterback Quentin Wilson recorded 224 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. 

Junior Igan Galindez did it all for Kodiak, accounting for 111 yards — 48 rushing, 45 passing and 18 receiving.  

Wasilla 42, Kodiak 0

Colton Lindquist, Wasilla’s 5-foot-9, 178-pound, dual-threat quarterback rolled to 300 yards of total offense and six touchdowns. He passed for 140 and ran for 160.  

The Bears ended with 189 offensive yards and 12 first downs but was hurt by five turnovers — three interceptions and two fumbles. Igan Galindez led Kodiak with nine rushes for 77 yards, including a 44-yard scamper in the second quarter. 

Eagle River 41, Kodiak 7

In the fourth game of the season, Igan Galindez scored the Bears’ first touchdown of the season, a 6-yard run on the opening drive. 

Kodiak was held out of the end zone the remainder of the game as the Bears were limited to 64 yards on their final 10 offensive possessions. Jose Martinez led Kodiak with 51 rushing yards on 13 carries. Vince Mangrobang added 43 yards on four carriers.

Kodiak 14, Kenai 7

Kodiak’s defense was nothing short of spectacular in this one, making three red-zone stops, forcing three turnovers and sacking Kenai quarterback Kayden Daniels three times. 

Kodiak found a way to win despite being dominated in every offensive category. Kenai ran 76 plays to Kodiak’s 32 and out-gained the Bears 264 to 178. The Kardinals had 14 first downs to the Bears’ three. Martinez did most of Kodiak’s damage on the ground, collecting 90 yards on 10 carries. 

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