Thursday, October 22, 2009

Alaska All-State Teams

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America


While Anchorage West's perfect (8-0) regular season didn't end in a state championship trophy, the Eagles did pick-up lots of honors when the state coaches revealed their Player and Coach-of-the-Year Awards and all-state teams.

West senior quarterback Justin Kauffman was named Large Schools Offensive Player of the Year and head coach Tim Davis was named Coach of the Year along with Rich Sjoroos of Juneau Douglas. The Anchorage Daily News reports that both Kauffman and Davis were integral in getting the Eagles into the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

All-State Football Team

Large Schools

Offensive Player of the Year: Justin Kauffman, Sr., QB, West
Defensive Player of the Year: Junior Tufuga, Sr., LB, Bartlett
Lineman of the Year: Dylon Short, Sr., C, South
Coach of the Year: Tim Davis, West, and Rich Sjoroos, Juneau
Assistant Coach of the Year: James Watson, North Pole

First-team offense

Center -- Dylon Short, Sr., South. Guards -- Jacob Wert, Sr., Chugiak; Chris Wentland, Sr., North Pole; Eric Sele, Sr., Juneau. Tackles -- Jacob Eisses, Jr., West; Wes Jansen, Sr., Palmer; Buzzy Hotch, Sr., Juneau. Tight end -- Lawrence Fenumiai, Sr., Juneau. Wide receivers -- Michael Sharp, Sr., West; Caleb Holley, Sr., East. Quarterback -- Lee Jones, Sr., North Pole. Fullback -- Jamal Hale, Sr., Bartlett. Running backs -- Cyrus Chenault, Sr., Bartlett; Greg Ghramm, Jr., Chugiak; Brennan Bohman, Sr., Palmer; Mathew Maka, Jr., Juneau.

First-team defense

Defensive ends -- Lyndon Tulimaselii, Jr., West; Lawrence Fenumiai, Sr., Juneau. Interior linemen -- P.J. Tito, Sr., West; Troy Masalosalo, Sr., Bartlett; Shane Duque, Sr., Colony; Buzzy Hotch, Sr., Juneau. Linebackers -- Wes Rabung, Sr., Chugiak; David Solomona, Sr., West; Joe Sokimi, Sr., Service; Junior Tufuga, Sr., Bartlett; Ben McGraw, Sr., Colony; Jack Perkins, Sr., Juneau. Defensive backs -- Jordan Blount O'Connor, Sr., Bartlett; Erik Moore, Sr., Chugiak; Jared Isaacson, Sr., North Pole; Matt Jaronik, Sr., Colony. Kicker -- Bryan Maley, Jr., Chugiak. Punter -- Brennan Bohman, Sr., Palmer. Kick Returner -- Lucas Cosgriff, Sr., Service. Punt returner -- Matt Jaronik, Sr., Colony. Long snapper -- Blake Mitchell, Sr., Lathrop.

Second-team offense

Center -- Ray Shoemaker, Soph., West Valley. Guards -- Jared Kinney, Jr., Chugiak; Tyler Denman, Sr., South; Dakota Wainwright, Jr., Colony. Tackles -- Shawn George, Sr., Service; Ben Kozak, Sr., Eagle River; Stephen Bezousek, Sr., South; Trey Farber, Jr., Colony. Wide receivers -- Lucas Cosgriff, Sr., Service; Cody Pfeiffer, Sr., Wasilla; Josh Hollett, Sr., North Pole; Darrius Horton, Sr., Eagle River. Quarterback -- Justin Kauffman, Sr., West; Jeff Debrill, Sr., East. Fullbacks -- Matt Higgins, Sr., South; Jack Perkins, Sr., Juneau. Running backs -- Elliott Bauer, Jr., South; Eric Antesberger, Sr., North Pole; Brandon Comeau, Jr., West Valley.

Second-team defense

Defensive end -- Ishmael Agae, Sr., West Valley. Interior linemen -- Andy Enz, Sr., Service; David Green, Jr., Wasilla; Aaron McCauley, Sr., West Valley. Linebackers -- Trever Romo, Sr., Dimond; Justin Kauffman, Sr., West; Kasen Lehman, Sr., Eagle River; Kasen Lehman, Sr., Eagle River; Jacob Yates, Sr., Bartlett; Matt Higgins, Sr., South; Siaosi Sila, Jr., West; Alex Innes, Sr., North Pole; J.D. Mayo, Sr., Colony; Coleman Ahrens, Sr., Palmer; Lee Jones, Sr., North Pole. Defensive backs -- Mark Moeola, Jr., South; Jim McCall, Jr., Palmer; Mathew Maka, Jr., Juneau. Kicker -- Chirs Hoffman, Sr., Juneau. Punter -- Kyle Dodson, Sr., Dimond. Kick returner -- Frankie Anderson, Jr., North Pole. Long snapper -- Matt Culp, Jr., Bartlett.

Small Schools

Offensive Player of the Year -- Billy Kiefer, Sr., RB Kenai
Defensive Player of the Year -- Braden Price, Jr., LB, Soldotna
Lineman of the Year -- Donny Dormady, Kenai
Coach of the Year -- Cameron Wyatt, Homer
Assistant Coach of the Year -- Tim Johnson, Nikiski

First-team defense

Punter -- Vlad Ferderer, Skyview. Defensive backs -- Cole Jacobsen, Homer; Brando Wik, Nikiski; Charles King, Eielson. Outside linebacker -- Nick Rouswell, Kenai; Chase Jenson, Soldotna. Inside linebacker -- Braden Price, Soldotna; Kyle Rogers, Kenai. Interior lineman -- Donny Dormady, Kenai; Nathan Strieby, Soldotna; DJ Stilchen, Soldotna; Richie Ziehmer, Kenai. Utility player -- Tate Syverson, Soldotna

First-team offense

Quarterback -- A.J. Hull, Kenai. Fullback -- Chris Nolden, Soldotna. Running backs -- Braden Price, Soldotna; Billy Kiefer, Kenai. Wide receiver -- Charles King, Eielson. Tight end -- Josh Bialik, Delta, Center -- Caleb Cinerski, Seward. Guards -- Chase Jenson, Soldotna; Donny Dormady, Kenai. Tackles -- Nathan Strieby, Soldotna; Kyle Rogers, Kenai. Kicker -- Mark Walsworth, Homer. Long snapper -- Tyler McGillivary, Soldotna. Return specialist -- Billy Kiefer, Kenai

Second-team defense

Punter -- Brando Wik, Nikiski. Defensive backs -- Billy Kiefer, Kenai; Justin Hjelm, Delta; Dylon Story, Soldotna. Outside linebacker -- Bob Seater, Nikiski; Anthony Edwards, Barrow. Inside linebacker -- Nick Gavora, Monroe; Jordan Harrison, Nikiski. Interior lineman -- Tyler Peek, Nikiski; Victor Unutoa, Barrow; James Duncan, Monroe; Caleb Cinereski, Seward. Utility player -- Matt Parker, Nikiski.

Second-team offense

Quarterback -- Albert Gerke, Barrow. Fullback -- Stephen Krogseng, Nikiski. Running back -- Jacob Sprankle, Eielson; Anthony Edwards, Barrow. Wide receiver -- Bryson Lowe, Kenai. Tight end -- Garrett Bosick, Soldotna. Center -- Braden Lichty, Soldotna. Guard -- Joe Biggane, Eielson; Jordan Harrison, Nikiski. Tackle -- William Cullen, Valdez; Alistar Dunbar, Barrow. Kicker -- Sara Colvin, Eielson. Long snapper -- Colton Anderson, Nikiski. Return specialist -- Brian Schmidt, Seward.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bartlett and Kenai Wins Alaska High School Football Championships

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America


Kenai and Soldotna wrote another chapter in their rivalry Saturday.

Three weeks after being blown out by three-time defending champion Soldotna 52-27 in the regular season finale, Kenai (10-1) bounced back and beat the Stars 21-10 on Saturday to claim the 2009 Alaska Small Schools high school football championship.

The title is the fifth for Kenai during this decade. The Kardinals won four straight championships before Soldotna (8-3) began its run of three straight in 2006. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Soldotna hadn't lost to a small schools opponent since the 2005 season.

That opponent? Kenai, of course.

In the Large Schools championship, Bartlett's defense keyed the Golden Bears 21-3 win against Chugiak. The Anchorage Daily News reports that Bartlett forced five turnovers.

Playoff Brackets
2009 Alaska Big School Football Tournament
2009 Alaska Small School Football Tournament

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Alaska High School Football Championship Scoreboard

Alaska High School Football Scoreboard
Saturday, October 17, 2009

Small Schools Championship


Kenai 21 Soldotna 10

Large Schools Championship

Bartlett 21 Chugiak 3

Alaska High School Football Championships To Be Decided Today

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America


Alaska was the first to start, so it stands to reason that it's first to end the 2009 high football season.

Today at Anchorage Football Stadium, three-time state champ Soldotna will play Kenai for the Small Schools championship. Once that hardware is handed out, Bartlett and Chugiak will battle for the Large Schools Championship.

The Small Schools title tilt has a lot of glitz to it since Soldotna and Kenai have won the last seven Alaska Small Schools championships. According to the Anchorage Daily News, a win by the Stars would match Kenai's streak of four straight between 2002 and 2005.

No one expected Bartlett and Chugiak to be playing for the First National Bowl Large Schools championship trophy. Bartlett finished third in the Cook Inlet Conference, while Chugiak finished fourth in the CIC.

You can watch the two championship games on the internet from KTUU-TV.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Soldotna Goes After Four-Peat

by Jeff Fisher
The High School Football Huddle


Before Soldotna went-on its run of three straight championship, Kenai captured four straight. Next week, Soldotna will try to match Kenai's streak when the two square-off for Alaska's Small Schools Championship.

Saturday, Soldotna held-off Homer 44-20. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Homer was able to hang with the champs even though they only dressed 24 players.

Friday night, Kenai reached the final with a 34-13 win over Kodiak. It's the first time that the Kardinals are back in the finals since 2005. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the underdog Bears hung with Kenai for the first half.

Chugiak to Face Bartlett for Alaska's Large Schools Championship

by Jeff Fisher
The High School Football Huddle


The post-season can be a funny thing...just ask Chugiak and Bartlett, who will square-off next week for Alaska's Large Schools high school football championship. Neither team expected to make it to the title game, but the Mustangs and Golden Bears are the last two teams standing after two rounds of post-season play.

Chugiak needed a 24-21 overtime win over Palmer on Saturday to move-on to the championship game. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the Mustangs captured the championship berth on the right leg of junior kicker Bryan Maley.

Bartlett sealed its fate with a 40-19 defeat of pre-season #1 North Pole Friday night. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Bartlett running backs Jamal Hale and Cyrus Chenault combined for 392 yards on the ground.

Alaska High School Football Scores
Large Schools Semifinals


Bartlett 40 North Pole 19
Chugiak 24 Palmer 21 (OT)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Alaska High School Football Scores - Playoffs: Quarterfinal Round

by Jeff Fisher
The High School Football Huddle

Two perfect seasons came to crashing halts Saturday in the opening round of the Alaska high school football playoffs.

In the Large Schools quarterfinal round, top-ranked and unbeaten Anchorage West was manhandled by North Pole 36-12. Ironically, it was North Pole that began the season as the #1 team in the big school classification. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the Patriots blew this one open in a three-minute span of the third quarter with three touchdowns.

On the Small Schools side of the equation, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner details the end of Eielson's season. The second-seeded Ravens lost their first game of the season 24-14 to Kodiak. The Bears entered the postseason with a 4-4 record.

The Anchorage Daily News recaps the four Small Schools quarterfinal games, as all four Northern Lights Conference teams advanced to the semifinals.

Alaska High School Football Scores
Saturday, October 3, 2009


Playoffs - Quarterfinal Round

Large Schools
Chugiak 16 Juneau-Douglas 14 Juneau Empire game story
North Pole 36 Anchorage West 12

Small Schools
Homer 24 Nikiski 15
Kodiak 24 Eielson 14
Kenai 47 Barrow 13
Soldotna 41 Monroe 0

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Bartlett and Palmer Advance in Alaska High School Football Playoffs

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle


It made me smile today when I read the first line of the Bartlett Flies Past Colony in the Anchorage Daily News that said there was snow in the mountains as the first round of the Alaska high school football playoffs began Friday.

Ever since I was a little kid, I've thought there's something romantic about football and snow.

Friday night, Bartlett and Palmer moved on to the Large Schools semifinals next week.

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, October 2, 2009


Bartlett 34 Colony 12 Anchorage Daily News game story
Palmer 48 Anchorage South 12 Anchorage Daily News game story
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