Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Latest Alaska High School Football Rankings

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Palmer Moose remain #1 in lastest rankings
Courtesy of MGhelmets.com
We're coming down the home stretch of the regular season with two weeks to go before the playoffs.

This past weekend saw several teams play in playoff-quality games with the post-season looming in the distance.

Top-ranked Palmer proved it was ready for the postseason with its 49-42 win over previously unbeaten and #3 North Pole.Service, ranked #4 last week, improved to 5-1 with a 21-14 win over South, which entered the game ranked #2, in a rematch of last year's Big Schools' championship game.

Here are the latest statewide rankings from the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network:

Big Schools

1. Palmer 6-0
2. Service 5-1
3. West 5-1
4. North Pole 5-1
5. South 4-2

Mid-Small Schools

1. Eielson 5-0
2. Soldotna 5-1
3. Nikiski 4-1
4. Thunder Mountain 4-2
5. Barrow 4-1

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Alaska High School Football Scores - Week 2

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Alaska's reigning offensive player of the year, proved he's not one dimensional on Saturday.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Service High's Amu Aukusitino did play his usual position of quarterback on Saturday due to an injured shoulder.  However, he was able to "bug" his coach enough to put him in at running back.

According to adn.com, Aukusitino went into the game at running back and scored four touchdowns to lead the defending Big School state champs to a 42-0 victory over Bartlett.

Service is now 1-1 on the season, while Bartlett falls to 0-2

Here are the rest of the scores from this weekend.

Alaska High School Football Scores
Saturday, August 18, 2012

Juneau-Douglas 69, Wasilla  30
Kodiak  32, Houston 12
Monroe Catholic  42,  Valdez  12
North Pole  34, West Valley  25
Service  42,  Bartlett  0
Soldotna  70,  Ketchikan  0
Thunder Mountain  35, Sitka  6
West  49,  Eagle River  6

Alaska High School Football Scores
Friday, August 17, 2012

Colony  44, Kenai  20
Dimond  14, Chugiak  7 - Dimond defense only allowed 65 yds. in total offense
Eielson  69,  Seward  0 - Eielson's JJ Friske 3 FGs
Nikiski  34,  Skyview  7 - Nikiski's Stephen Hartley 187 yds. 3 TDs, Christian Riddall 166 yds.
Palmer  50, Lathrop  16 - Palmer's Vincent Aumavae 5 TDs
South  41,  East  0 - South's Dante Williams 187 yds. rushing on 11 carries

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Alaska Goes 0-2 in 2012 High School Football Kickoff in Hawaii

by Jeff Fisher

Courtesy: MGhelmets.com
The Fire and Ice Bowl is now a tradition when it comes to the start of high school football in America.

For the second straight year, the high school football season kicked-off off the mainland with Alaska taking on Hawaii.

Last year it was one game, this year it was two on Friday night in Hawaii.

Courtesy: MGhelmets.com
Punahou, which finished runner-up in Hawaii's Division I, won the first game of the year with a 48-0 shutout of West High School from Anchorage.  Hawaii made it a clean sweep of the Fire and Ice Bowl with a 23-15 victory by Leilehua over defending Alaska Big Schools champ Service.  Last year, Service and Leilehua battled to a 34-34 tie in the inaugural Alaska vs. Hawaii game.

The Alaska Daily News reported that Punahou was led by sophomore wide receiver Kanawai Noa, who caught four touchdown passes in the first half to lead the Buff and Blue to a 34-0 halftime lead.

In the Leilehua/Service match-up, the Mules jumped-out to a 23-7 halftime lead on their Alaskan opponents.  According to the Anchorage Daily News, Service drove to the Leilehua 30-yard line with 10 seconds left, but fumbled on the last play of the game.

Click here to read the Punahou/West game story.

Click here to read the Leilehua/Service game story.

However, I should point-out those weren't the only games this weekend as many other Alaska and Hawaii schools also began their regular seasons.

Below are all of the first week's scores:

Friday Scores -Alaska

East  42  Kenai  7
Lathrop  44  Nikiski  41
Lathrop JV  60  Seward  8
Leilehua (HI)  23  Service 15
North Pole 32  Dimond  14  Click here to read game story
Punahou (HI)  48  West  0

Saturday's Scores - Alaska

Colony  56  Skyview  7
Eielson  26  Valdez  0
Juneau-Douglas  45  Thunder Mountain  7
Monroe Catholic  16  Barrow  0
Palmer  27  Soldotna  7
Sitka  30  Ketchikan  8
South  68  Eagle River  6
Wasilla  21  Bartlett  14
West Valley  35  Chugiak  12

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Two Alaska Teams to Open Season in Hawaii

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

The 2011 high school football season kicked-off in Hawaii with Service and Leilehua battling to a 34-34 tie.  That tie was the only blemish on Service's record as the Cougars went undefeated from that point forward to capture the Alaska Big Schools championship.

This year, Service will kickoff the 2012 in the same fashion as it will travel to Hawaii for a rematch of the 2011 Fire and Ice Bowl against Leilehua on August 10th.  That game will be part of a doubleheader as Anchorage West High School will also make the long trek to Hawaii to take on Punahou, which finished runner-up in Hawaii's Division I last season.

Punahou, which was ranked the best sports program in America by Sports Illustrated in 2008 and 2009, is the alma mater of President Barack Obama.

After last year's Fire and Ice Bowl, I spoke with then Service head coach Jason Caldarera about the trip and the game.  Click here to listen to that interview.

First Day of High School Football Practice Set for July 30th

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Hope everyone had a great off-season!

We're in the process of updating all of High School Football America's 52 blogs in preparation for the 2012 season that gets started with two-a-days in Alaska on July 30th.

Every year, our goal is to improve our coverage, giving you the readers more information as quickly as we can.

Please make sure that if you have a comment or a story you feel my staff should know about, you can email me at jeff@highschoolfootballamerica.com.

Also, if you haven't listened to the High School Football America radio show, please be sure to tune-in every Thursday night at 7 P.M. Eastern, which is 3 P.M. in Alaska.  The show also is rebroadcast on the ArtistFirst Radio Network every Sunday night at 6 P.M. Eastern or 2 P.M. in Alaska.  If neither of those times work, you can always listen FREE and on-demand by clicking here to go to our archives page.

Last year's show included visits from Service's Jason Caldarera and Barrow's Brad Igou and Brian Houston.

Click here to listen to the Caldarera interview.

Click here to listen to the interview on Barrow football.
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