By Sean Pearson
The Homer Mariner football team had quite a fight on its hands over the weekend, but it wasn’t against the Kodiak Bears.
Homer arrived for their Friday evening flight, heading out for a scheduled Saturday afternoon game against the Bears. However, the Mariners were turned back by heavy wind and rain.
Coach Cam Wyatt spent the rest of his weekend on the phone with ERA Aviation, trying to secure flight plans to get his team back to the island.
After several attempts, the M’s were finally able to board a plane early Monday morning for a 5:30 p.m. game. Apparently, travel plans would be the hardest challenge they would face over the weekend.
Homer shut-out Northern Lights Conference rival Kodiak 20-0 on a cold, windy and rainy night, moving the Mariners to 3-1 in the conference and sole possession of second place.
Both teams went scoreless in the first half, before Tommy Bowe scored on a 15-yard run with 5:57 left in the third quarter. Mark McGregor secured the Homer win with two scoring runs in the fourth quarter. The Mariner offense had 256 rushing yards, while holding Kodiak to only 29 total yards of offense. McGregor grabbed 185 yards rushing.
The win sets up a fortuitous path for the M’s to a second-consecutive appearance at the State Championships in Anchorage in October. If the Mariners can hang on and close out their season with a homecoming victory over Houston on Saturday, they will likely open the playoffs against Thunder Mountain.
A strong Homer defense and unfailing running game should push the Mariners past both the Hawks, and the Falcons.
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