Kodiak dropped one spot in the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network football polls.
The Bears went from No. 3 to fourth after a 34-0 loss at Homer on Saturday.
The Mariners remained at No. 2 after rushing for 370 yards and holding Kodiak’s offense to 72 yards of offense. It was the 11th time the Bears have been shut out since Kodiak’s first varsity season in 2003. Seven of those have came in the last four seasons.
The loss was Kodiak’s first of the season after beginning the year with a pair of Northern Lights Conference victories against Houston and Skyview.
However, two conference victories is already double what Kodiak (2-1 NLC, 2-1 overall) had last season.
On Saturday, Kodiak faces another stiff challenge in NLC powerhouse Kenai. The Kardinals, absent from last week’s poll, emerge this week at No. 5 despite their second straight loss to a large school team. Kenai fell to North Pole last week.
Saturday’s game is Kodiak’s homecoming.
Soldotna kept its No. 1 status after dismantling Eielson 62-12.
That sets up a showdown between Soldotna and Homer this week. Both are 4-0 and 1-0 in the NLC.
Barrow, which is also 4-0, moves to No. 3 after a 42-28 beating of previously ranked Nikiski.
In the large school poll, Service and Juneau are tied atop the standings. This is the first time in the history of the poll that two teams are ranked No. 1.
Juneau trounced Colony 65-0, while Service edged East 33-25.
South, Bartlett and West Valley round out the the top five.
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1. (tie) Service, 3-0-1 Bartlett
1. (tie) Juneau, 4-0 at Wasilla
3. South, 3-1 Placer, Calif.
4. Bartlett, 3-1 Service
5. West Valley 3-1 at North Pole
Others receiving votes: North Pole
1. Soldotna, 4-0 Homer
2. Homer, 4-0 at Soldotna
3. Barrow, 4-0 Monroe
4. Kodiak, 3-1 Kenai
5. Kenai, 2-2 at Kodiak
Others receiving votes: Nikiski