Palmer and Eielson are the only undefeated teams heading into the final week of the high school football regular season.
So, it’s no surprise that those two teams sit atop the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school football poll.
Fairbanks-based Eielson is 6-0 and has been the No. 1 team in the mid-small schools rankings since the second week of the season, while Palmer is 7-0 and the No. 1 team in the large school poll.
Eielson beat Barrow 53-0 last week to keep its top spot this week.
No. 2 Soldotna, No. 3. Nikiski and No. 4 Thunder Mountain all remained in the same spots from last week.
The Stars, the Northern Lights Conference champion, beat large school Wasilla last week, 68-48.
Nikiski blew past previous ranked Monroe 49-0, while Thunder Mountain clinched the Southeast Conference title with a 37-14 win over Sitka.
Thunder Mountain will host the NLC’s No. 2 seed in a medium-school semifinal playoff game in two weeks.
Homer, this week’s No. 5 team, appears to be the team heading to Juneau after topping Kodiak 20-0 on Monday night.
The Mariners are in sole possession of second place with a 3-1 record and hold the tiebreaker over Kodiak and Kenai, both at 2-2.
After a scoreless first half, Homer’s pounding rushing attack scored three times in the second half to take control of the game that was played under lights and a heavy rain.
Homer ended with 256 rushing yards.
“We run three plays, everybody knows that. It is not a secret,” Homer coach Cameron Wyatt said. “It was just a matter of trying to get that ball into the hands of the running backs with the cold, the wind and the rain. It is a testament to the hearts of the young men playing.”
Kodiak drops to 0-2 on its new artificial turf field at Joe Floyd Track and Field. The Bears have only scored one touchdown on the new surface.
Wyatt was amazed at the new facility.
“We came out here to practice before this hurricane came in, and we saw hundreds of little kids playing on this brand new track and turf — it is obvious this community has a lot of pride,” Wyatt said.
Kodiak, which received at least one vote this week, can clinch the NLC’s No. 3 seed with a win at Skyview on Saturday. The Bears can also get in with a Kenai loss to Soldotna.
The NLC’s No. 3 seed plays at Soldotna in the other medium school semifinal playoff game.
Palmer remained No. 1 in the large school poll following its 40-14 win over Juneau.
The victory clinched the Railbelt Conference title for the Moose.
Service kept its No. 2 spot after beating Dimond 28-14.
North Pole moved up one in the rankings to No. 3 following its 72-19 drubbing of Lathrop.
South Anchorage also moved up one to No. 4 after its 75-41 win over West Anchorage. West Anchorage dropped from third to fifth.
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Alaska Sports Broadcasting
(This week’s opponent)
1. Eielson 6-0 (Lathrop); 2. Soldotna 6-1 (Kenai); 3. Nikiski 5-1 (Barrow); 4. Thunder Mountain 5-2 (Argonaut, Calif.); 5. Homer 4-2 (Houston).
Others recieving votes: Kodiak
1. Palmer 7-0 (Wasilla); 2. Service 6-1 (West Anchorage); 3. North Pole 6-1 (Colony); 4. South Anchorage 5-2 (Dimond); 5. West Anchorage 5-2 (Service)
Others receiving votes: Colony