• Homer defense struggled to shut down SoHi running and passing
By Sean Pearson
After a nearly flawless execution of offense and defense against the Kardinals in Kenai last weekend, the Homer Mariners couldn’t get anything to go right on Saturday as they fell hard to Northern Lights Conference rival Soldotna 8-38.
The Stars drew first blood of the day, scoring early in the first quarter — and then kept the M’s on their heels for the rest of the game.
With the help of Mariners Mark McGregor, Tommy Bowe and Konstantin Reutov, Homer mounted several offensive surges against the SoHi defense, but often turned the ball over at critical points in their drives.
Late in the third quarter, however, the Mariners were able to move the ball downfield successfully, driving from their own 45-yard line to SoHi’s 10-yard line in three plays.
Homer quarterback Sheldon Hutt set-up the score, connecting with junior Quinn Daugharty on a 29-yard pass.
The two were able to put eight points on the board for Homer with another Hutt-Daugharty combination for an 11-yard touchdown pass and successful two-point conversion.
Tommy Bowe led the M’s in rushing, picking up 36 yards on 14 carries. McGregor and Reutov each added 31 yards on eight carries. Hutt picked up a total of 51 yards passing and threw for two interceptions. Forty of those passing yards were to Daugharty, while Gabe Selbig grabbed the other 11.
The Stars passed for 113 yards, throwing only one interception. They racked up 90 yards in penalties to Homer’s 20.
As a team, Homer picked up 110 yards rushing to Soldotna’s 224, and lost two of four fumbles.
The Mariners are now 1-1 in the conference and 1-2 overall this year. Homer is scheduled to host Sitka next week, but construction of the school’s track will probably move the game elsewhere.
Soldotna is now 2-0 in the conference and 3-1 overall.
See stats in this weeks Homer Tribune.
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