Beating Kenai on the final play of the game wasn’t enough to move Kodiak back into the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network football poll.

For the second consecutive week, the Bears remain out of the poll, released Monday. This time, however, Kodiak is coming off a dramatic 20-19 victory at Kenai instead of a one-point loss at Thunder Mountain.

Kodiak was down 19-7 entering the fourth quarter, but rallied for a pair of touchdowns, the last one coming with no time left on the clock.

“We played hard from the last two series of the first quarter to the end of the game,” Schnick said. “We never gave up. We never surrendered. We started to believe in ourself.”

The win was Kodiak’s first against Kenai since 2008 and moved the Bears to 2-0 in the Northern Lights Conference, 3-2 overall.

Kodiak did receive at least one vote, but it was not enough to crack the medium-small schools poll that is voted on by media from around the state.

Eielson (4-0) remained in the top team in the mid-small schools poll following its wild 57-48 win over Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula.

Despite the loss, Nikiski remained at No. 3.

Soldotna also kept its spot at No. 2 after thrashing Houston 60-0 to improve to 3-0 in the NLC, 4-1 overall.

The Stars play Kodiak on Saturday at Joe Floyd Track and Field. The game will be the first on Kodiak’s new artificial turf field.

Soldotna is 12-0 all-time against Kodiak.

Monroe, coming off a bye, moved up to No. 4, while Thunder Mountain dropped a spot to No. 5 following its 27-20 double-overtime loss to Skyview.

Palmer rushed for more than 400 yards in its 41-14 win over Railbelt Conference rival Colony and moved into the top spot in the large school rankings.

Last week’s No. 1 South Anchorage lost to Vista Murrieta (Calif.) 49-8 and dropped to No. 2.

North Pole, Service and West Anchorage rounds out the top five for the second straight week.

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Mid-small schools

(This week’s opponent)

1. Eielson 4-0 (Monroe-Catholic); 2. Soldotna 4-1 (Kodiak); 3. Nikiski 3-1 (Valdez); 4. Monroe Catholic 3-1 (Eielson); 5. Thunder Mountain 3-2 (Kethickan)

Others recieving votes: Barrow and Kodiak

Large schools

1. Palmer 5-0 (North Pole); 2. South Anchorage 4-1 (Service); 3. North Pole 5-0 (Palmer); 4. Service 4-1 (South Anchorage); 5. West Anchorage 4-1 (Dimond)

Others receiving votes: Juneau-Douglas

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