With three weeks remaining in the regular season, conference races are heating up.
While nonconference action dominated the early-season schedule, Week 6 and beyond is filled with conference games.
I sported an 8-6 record in Week 5, which upped my season record to 39-21.
EIELSON (4-0) AT BARROW (3-1)
After disposing of Redington last week, Eielson can take firm control of the Aurora Conference with a victory over Barrow. The Ravens topped the Whalers twice last season — the last time in the Division III state championship game – by a combined score of 80-6. Eielson increases its win streak over Barrow to three games … RAVENS 45, WHALERS 21.
MONROE (2-2) AT KETCHIKAN (1-3)
Both teams are coming off close losses — Monroe to Barrow and Ketchikan to Nikiski. The Kings failed to defend their field last week, but will conquer this week … KINGS 21, RAMS 16.
VALDEZ (1-4) AT REDINGTON (3-1)
Redington was knocked from the ranks of the undefeated last week with a 29-0 loss to Eielson. The Huskies get back on track when they host the one-win Valdez Buccaneers … HUSKIES 42, BUCCANEERS 23.
HOMER (2-2) AT SEWARD (0-5)
Since erupting for 36 points in a Week 1 loss to Monroe, Seward has been held to six points in three of its last four games. The Mariners have put up 50 points in both their wins this season ... MARINERS 51, SEAHAWKS 0.
HOUSTON (5-0) AT NIKISKI (1-3)
Houston’s perfect season continued last week with a dominating 47-6 thumping of Seward. The Hawks defense has been superb this year, allowing a meager 6.8 points per game. Eagle River is the only team to score two touchdowns against Houston.
Nikiski edged out Ketchikan last week, 9-8, for its first victory of the season. The Bulldogs have only scored 39 points in four games ... HAWKS 56, BULLDOGS 8.
LATHROP (2-3) AT NORTH POLE (1-5)
Lathrop has given up 51 points in back-to-back losses to Service and Soldotna. The odds are in favor of the Malemutes scoring 50 points this week after they hung 40 on North Pole in a Week 3 nonconference game ... MALEMUTES 48, PATRIOTS 7.
PALMER (3-2) AT WEST VALLEY (1-3)
Palmer has found its footing the last two weeks, beating Palmer and North Pole by a combined score of 92-20. Meanwhile, West Valley snapped a four-game losing skid — a streak dating back to last season — with a 45-22 win over Kenai in Week 5. This Railbelt Conference tilt goes to the ... MOOSE 37, WOLFPACK 23.
KENAI (1-3) AT EAGLE RIVER (3-2)
This is a pivotal Northern Lights Conference game for both teams. Eagle River can all but seal up a playoff spot with a victory, while Kenai can stay alive with a win.
Despite losing three straight by decisive margins, the Kardinals make things interesting but fall ... WOLVES 28, KARDINALS 27.
KODIAK (0-5) AT SOLDOTNA (4-0)
Kodiak is 0-20 all-time against Soldotna, but this is the first time the Bears have been winless entering the contest.
Kodiak finally cracked the scoreboard last week and it will have to find a way to reach the end zone a few more times to pull the gigantic upset over Soldotna.
Soldotna has won the past seven Division II state titles and have cruised this season, outscoring opponents 195-47 ... STARS 54, BEARS 12.
EAST ANCHORAGE (3-1) AT BARTLETT (1-4)
Bartlett will not go winless this season as the Golden Bears picked up a 36-8 win over Colony last week. East has scored 36 points in consecutive wins over West Anchorage and South Anchorage. Let’s make it a trifecta ... EAGLES 36, GOLDEN BEARS 0.
JUNEAU (3-2) AT CHUGIAK (5-0)
Chugiak, one of two undefeated teams left in Division I, can clinch the Chugach Conference title with a win ... MUSTANGS 45, HUSKIES 21.
COLONY (1-4) AT WASILLA (3-2)
After springing out to a 3-0 start, Wasilla has dropped its last two games by a combined score of 98-14. Wasilla gets back on track against its Mat-Su Valley rival ... WARRIORS 52, KNIGHTS 28.
DIMOND (1-3) AT WEST ANCHORAGE (3-2)
West is starting to come alive, winning its past two games over Bartlett and Juneau ... EAGLES 42, LYNX 14.
SERVICE (5-0) AT SOUTH ANCHORAGE (3-2)
Nothing is stopping Service this season. The Cougars offense has poured in 283 points in five games ... COUGARS 45, WOLVERINES 35.