Sunday, October 23, 2011

Service Wins Alaska Big School Title

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle

Service captured the school's sixth overall Alaska football championship Saturday with a 37-23 win over South.

The Cougars iced the Big Schools title with a 25-yard fourth-quarter interception return by Daniel Murakami.  Murakami also led the team in rushing with 129 yards.

Service, which finished runner-up last year, finishes the season unbeaten at 10-0-1.  The only blemish was a season-opening tie in the Fire and Ice Bowl in Hawaii.  South finishes with an 8-3 record.

Click here to read a game story from the Anchorage Daily News.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Nikiski Wins Small School Title

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle


The Nikiski Bulldogs are the first 2011 high school football champs.

Nikiski today beat Barrow 52-21 to win the Alaska Small School championship.  The Bulldogs won the first two Small School championship games in 2000 and 2001.  Kenai (5 titles) and Soldotna (4 titles) are the only other schools to win Small School crowns.

The Bulldogs used a strong running attack and the right arm of quarterback Colton Anderson to win the school's third state title.  Nikiski rushed for 391 yards, while Anderson was 6-of-8 for 128 yards and three touchdowns.

East Moves into Big School Championship Game

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle

South knocked-off defending Big Schools' champ West Friday night 30-28 to advance to next week's state championship game.

This one came down to the end with the South needing a blocked field goal with :26 to go to grab the victory.  Click here to read the game story from the Anchorage Daily News.

Next week, the Wolverines, who won 2006 Big School title, will face the winner of Saturday's game between Service and Juneau-Douglas.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Playoffs/1st Round

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle


While Soldotna and Kenai have become arch-rivals battling for Small School championships during the past decade, no one saw what happened Saturday coming.

Kenai upset the defending state champion Stars 28-12 Saturday in the semifinal round of the newly created Medium School division.  The Kardinals entered the postseason with a .500 record at 4-4, the Stars were riding a 19-game win streak.  Between the two schools, they had won the last nine Small School titles.

Kenai will play Homer (8-1) next week for the state championship.

Click here read the game story.

Alaska High School Football Scores
Saturday, October 8, 2011

Big School Quarterfinals
Anchorage South  38, West Valley  0
Anchorage West  59, Wasilla  36
Juneau-Douglas  7, Anchorage  6
Service  34, Palmer  32

Medium School Semifinals
Kenai  28, Soldotna  12

Small School Semifinals
Barrow  28, Monroe Catholic  14
Nikiski  55, Eielson  31

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, October 7, 2011

Medium School Semifinals
Homer  46, Thunder Mountain  7

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Alaska High School Football Playoff Match-ups Set

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle

The 2010 Alaska state champs are back in the playoffs to defend their titles, but there will be at least one new champ this year thanks to the addition of a third classification called Medium Schools.

In the Big Schools classification, both of last year's finalists West and Service are back, however defending champ West has a big hill to climb as it enters the playoffs after a 4-4 regular season.  Service, on the other hand, enters its quarterfinal game against Palmer on an eight game unbeaten streak.  The Cougars finished the regular season with a 7-0-1 record with the tie coming against Leilehua in its season opener in the Fire and Ice Bowl in Hawaii

Earlier this year, I spoke with Service head coach Jason Caldarera about that game, and you can listen to that interview by clicking here or listening to the show on High School Football America's YouTube channel.



Defending Small Schools champ Soldotna will not be defending its title, because the Stars are now in the Medium School classification.  In the semifinals on Friday, Soldotna will face Kenai. Those two schools have combined to win the last nine Small Schools state titles.

In the Small Schools category, Barrow, the only school above the Arctic Circle, enters the postseason with a 6-1 record and looking for its first state championship in only its sixth season of varsity football.

In the inaugural High School Football America radio show, I spoke with first year head coach Brad Igou and his assistant Brian Houston about their team.  Igou felt this team had a good shot at winning a state title.

To listen to that interview, click here or check-out the interview below from our YouTube channel.



Now here's a look at this weekend's match-ups:

Large School Quarterfinals
Palmer (4-4) at Service (7-0-1), Saturday
West (4-4) at Wasilla (6-2), Saturday
West Valley (6-2) vs. South, Saturday
East (4-4) at Juneau-Douglas (7-1), Saturday

Medium School Semifinals
Homer (7-1) at Thunder Mountain (3-4), Friday
Kenai (4-4) at Soldotna (8-0), Friday

Small School Semifinals
Monroe (5-3) at Barrow (6-1), Saturday
Eielson (4-4) at Nikiski (7-1), Saturday

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 8

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, September 30, 2011

Barrow  43  Seward  0
Colony  42  North Pole 39
Homer  42  Houston  20
Juneau-Douglas  53  Lathrop  8
Ketchikan  21  Sitka  14
Renton (WA)  35  Thunder Mountain  6
Wasilla  23  Palmer  22

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 7

Alaska High School Football Scores
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Anchorage East  20  Barlett  13
Anchorage South  24  Dimond  19
Barrow  8  Valdez  6
Eielson  48  Delta Junction  0
Homer  21  Kenai  14  (2 OTs)
Kodiak  37  Monroe Catholic  0
Soldotna  34  Skyview  7
Thunder Mountain  30  Ketchikan  12

Friday, September 23, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 7

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, September 23, 2011

Chugiak  34  Anchorage West  32
Houston  37  Lathrop  20
Juneau-Douglas  29  West Valley  8
Nikiski  58  Seward  6
Palmer  42  Colony  6
Service  66  Eagle River  36
Thunder Mountain  30  Ketchikan  12
Wasilla  43  North Pole  29

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 6

Alaska High School Football Scores
Saturday, September 17, 2011

Anchorage East  21  Eagle River  19
Anchorage West  47  Bartlett  21
Dimond  20  Chugiak  14
Eielson  48  Monroe Catholic  28
Juneau-Douglas  33  Notre Dame Regional (Canada)  13
Kenai Central  38  Houston 3
Soldotna  54  Kodiak  18

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 6

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, September 16, 2011

Barrow def. Ketchikan by forfeit
Delta Junction  32  Seward  14
Homer  24  Skyview  13
Nikiski  53  Valdez  0
Palmer  42  North Pole  21
Service  48  Anchorage South  13
Thunder Mountain  25  Sitka  6
Wasilla  42  Colony  7
West Valley  60  Lathrop  0

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 5

Alaska High School Football Scores
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chugiak 35, Colony 7
Eielson 59, Valdez 6
Kenai 42, Kodiak 7
Monroe 14, Barrow 8
Nikiski 56, Delta 0
Service 63, Bartlett 30

Friday, September 09, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 5

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, September 9, 2011

Anchorage East  25,  Dimond  12
Anchorage West  39, Eagle River  13
Palmer  70,  Lathrop  6
Placer (CA)  65, Anchorage South  40
Thunder Mountain  48  Ketchikan  21
Wasilla  53,  Juneau-Douglas  33
West Valley  62,  North Pole  38

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 4

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, September 2, 2011

Delta Junction  18  Valdez  12
Dimond 41  Eagle River 23
Juneau-Douglas  65  Colony  0
Service  33  Anchorage East  25
Seward  45  Monroe Catholic  0
Soldotna  62  Eielson  12
West Valley  25  Palmer 19 (OT)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 3

Alaska High School Football Scores
Saturday, August 27, 2011

Barrow  38  North Pole JV  12
Bartlett  48  Eagle River  21
Eielson  60  Seward  8
Kodiak  12  Skyview  6
Monroe Catholic  7  Valdez  0
Nikiski  46  Thunder Mountain  6
Service  42  Chugiak  6
West Valley  47  Colony  0

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 3

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, August 25, 2011

Anchorage South  7  Anchorage East  6
Anchorage West  13  Dimond  7
Juneau-Douglas  29  Palmer  13
North Pole  62  Lathrop  18
Soldotna  68  Houston 0
Wasilla  24  Kenai  20

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 2

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle


For the second week in a row, Soldotna, the state's top-ranked team among medium and small schools, beat a large school.

The Stars beat Palmer 29-28.  The Moose had a chance to tie the game after Luke Heun scored with 2:04 to go in the game, but instead of kicking the extra point, Palmer went for two and was denied by Soldotna's defense.

Elsewhere, the Cook Inlet Conference saw something Saturday that it hadn't in three years.

Anchorage East beat defending Large Schools' Champ Anchorage West 28-9.  It was West's first conference loss since September 2008.

The East win was surprising because the Thunderbirds had only won two games over the last two seasons.


Alaska High School Football Scores
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Anchorage East  28  Anchorage West  9
Barrow  21 Eielson  20
Juneau-Douglas  57  North Pole  0
Kenai  48  Skyview  7
Monroe Catholic  45  Ketchikan  24
Service  42  Dimond  7
Soldotna  29  Palmer  28
Valdez  26  Seward  6

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 2

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle


Last week's #1 large school Anchorage South beat this week's #1 large school Bartlett Friday night.

South, which opened the season last week with a 21-18 loss to Chugiak, staged a last minute comeback to beat Bartlett 36-35.

Bartlett got out to a 14-0 lead, but with :47 seconds to go, South QB Zach Lujan tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to William Krolick to pull within one-point.  Tommy Hopp then scored on a 2-point conversion run to give South the victory.

Elsewhere around the state, Lathrop snapped a 21-game Railbelt Conference losing streak by beating defending conference champ Colony 26-19.

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, August 19, 2011

Anchorage South 36  Bartlett  35
Chugiak  35  Eagle River  14
Delta Junction  16  North Pole JV  0
Lathtrop  26  Colony  19
West Valley  30  Wasilla  27

Homer's Dylan Day scored eight touchdowns Thursday night to lead the Mariners to an 84-20 rout of Thunder Mountain.  Day scored four different ways.  He scored on a punt return, a fumble return, he caught a touchdown pass and ran for five more.



Alaska High School Football Scores
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Homer  84  Thunder Mountain  20

Nikiski running back Stephen Hartley had a big night Wednesday night.  Hartley carried the ball only eight times, but gained 201 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 48-0 win over Sitka.




Alaska High School Football Scores
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nikiski  48  Sitka  0

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Service Head Football Coach Jason Caldarera to be a Guest on High School Football America Radio Show

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle

Jason Caldarera's Service Cougars kicked-off America's 2011 high school football regular season last Thursday in the Fire and Ice Bowl in Hawaii.

Tomorrow night, the Cougars' head coach since 2001 will join me on High School Football America, the country's premiere high school football talk show.

Caldarera will talk about his team's season opening 34-34 tie against Leilehua in Hawaii, plus he'll look ahead to the rest of the season in Alaska.

Click here to listen to the show LIVE starting at 7PM EST/3PM AKST

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 1

Alaska High School Football Scores
Saturday, August 13, 2011

Anchorage West  44  North Pole  28
Bartlett  51  West Valley 26
Barrow  73  Delta Junction  8
Chugiak  21  Anchorage South  18
Dimond  31  Colony  0
Homer  52  Valdez  14
Juneau-Douglas  68  Thunder Mountain  0
Kenai  42  Eielson  22
Palmer  14  Anchorage East  0
Skyview  32  Wasilla  20
Soldotna  41  Eagle River  16

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 1

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, August 12, 2011

Kodiak  34  Houston  18
Lathrop  45  Seward  0
Nikiski 26, Monroe 7
Sitka 33, Ketchikan 19

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Anchorage South & Soldotna Preseason #1s

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle

The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network has released its preseason polls.

Anchorage South, a team that didn't make the playoffs last season, is ranked #1 in the Large Schools Preseason Top 5, while defending state champ Soldotna is the top team in Small Schools.

ASBN Preseason Poll

Large Schools
1. Anchorage South
2. Barlett
3. Chugiak
4. Palmer
5. West Valley

Small Schools
1. Soldotna
2. Kenai
3. Thunder Mountain
4. Skyview
5. Homer

Friday, May 13, 2011

Alaska Releases Regular Season Master High School Schedule

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle





The Alaska Schools Activities Association has released the 2011 high school football schedule on its website.

Here are the Week 1 games for August 12th and 13th.....


Bartlett at West Valley
Chugiak at Anchorage South
Delta at Barrow
Dimond at Colony
Eagle River at Soldotna
Eielson at Kenai
Ketchikan at Sitka
Kodiak at Houston
Monroe at Nikiski
North Pole at Anchorage West
Palmer at Anchorage East
Seward at Lathrop
Skyview at Wasilla
Thunder Mountain at Juneau-Douglas
Valdez at Homer


Click here to see the entire eight week master schedule.

Alaska High School Football Championship Games Moved From Anchorage

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle

The crowning of the 2011 Alaska high school football champs will take place outside of Anchorage.

The Alaska School Activities Association has decided to move the three state championship games to Chugiak High School.  In addition to the titles games, Thomas Huffer Sr. Football Stadium will host the Large School semifinal match-ups.

Below is the 2011 high school playoff schedule...

October 7-8, 2011

Small - Semifinals at higher seed
Medium - Semifinals at higher seed
Large - Quarterfinals at higher seed

October 14, 2011

Large - Semifinal #1 at Chugiak HS

October 15, 2011

Small - Championship Game at Chugiak HS - noon
Medium - Championship Game at Chugiak HS - 7:30 PM
Large - Semifinal #2 at Chugiak HS - 4 PM

October 22, 2011

Large - Championship Game at Chugiak HS - 2 PM

Alaska Approves Additional Football Championship Game

by Jeff Fisher
Alaska High School Football Huddle

The Alaska Sports Athletic Association has vote to add a third high school football championship this season.

State officials have decided to add a third classification to the present Small and Large School Division set-up.  Beginning this fall, Alaska will crown a Medium School champ.

The new classification will be for schools with a student body between 326 and 800 students.  In announcing the new classification, state officials also announced that Palmer and North Pole will play-up a division.  That means the two Medium Schools have decided to play in the Big School division.
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