Two Alaska high school football teams will finish their seasons with wins Saturday at the Anchorage Football Stadium. 

The Division II and III — the state’s smallest classifications — kick off their state championship games at noon and 4 p.m. 

I posted a 5-3 record in the first week of the playoffs, which upped my season total to 70-35.  

 

DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP

SOLDOTNA (8-0) VS. LATHROP (5-3)

In the past seven seasons, Soldotna has defeated  Eagle River, Palmer twice, Kenai, North Pole, Juneau and Homer in the Division II state championship game. The closest outcome was a 56-49 win over Juneau in 2013. 

Up next is Lathrop. 

Lathrop has not played in a state championship game since 1985, a 26-10 loss to East Anchorage.

Soldotna topped Lathrop 51-14 in Week 5. I don’t see anything changing this go around ... STARS 56, MALEMUTES 21.  

DIVISION III 

CHAMPIONSHIP

HOUSTON (9-0) VS. BARROW (7-1)

Houston’s football program started in 1997 and on Saturday the Hawks will attempt to capture the program’s first state title.

The Hawks motored into the championship game with a dominating 64-21 victory over defending champion Eielson. In doing so, Houston piled up 420 yards rushing.

Barrow — which punched its ticket to the title game with a 52-0 win over Nikiski — has only lost once this season, a 31-6 defeat to Houston in Week 3. 

I like Houston to finish the season undefeated ... HAWKS 45, WHALERS 23.  

 

DIVISION I 

SEMIFINALS

COLONY (5-4) AT SERVICE (7-2)

Colony lost four of its first five games but turned things around to advance to the semifinals after upsetting East Anchorage last week.

Service (7-2) snapped a two-game losing streak last week ... COUGARS 45, KNIGHTS 28.   

 

SOUTH (5-4) AT WEST (7-2)

West topped South by 10 points two weeks ago ... EAGLES 21, WOLVERINES 14.  

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