• Mariners help Kardinals work through anger issues
By Sean Pearson
Last year, the Homer Mariners traveled to Kenai Central High School and shut out the Kardinals 20-0 on their home turf.
Apparently, that offended them a bit. Quite a bit.
The Kards came to Homer on Saturday with revenge on their minds and they got plenty of it.
With a halftime score of 63-0, there’s not much left that a coach can say to motivate his players to go back out on the field and get slaughtered for two more quarters.
And, while the final score is accurately indicative of how the game played out, there were a couple of good things that came in that agonizing second half: Homer picked up six points and Kenai only scored 15 more.
Junior quarterback Sheldon Hutt, who spent most of his day being slammed to the ground by the Kardinal defense, broke away for an 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put some Homer points on the board.
Luckily, the actual scoreboard was broken, so we didn’t have the constant lighted reminder of the extreme point spread.
Kenai is big, intimidating, disciplined and well-coached. And there’s no lack of talent; Kardinal senior running back Jace Daniels carried the ball 17 times for 270 yards and scored eight touchdowns. CBS Sports’ MaxPreps recently listed Daniels as the national high school leader in rushing.
This year’s significantly smaller Mariner offensive line struggled to open any holes conducive to Homer’s running game, or provide more than two seconds of time for Hutt to find an open receiver and throw a pass.
The Mariners’ record now stands at 0-2 in the Northern Lights Conference.
Kenai moved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Homer’s junior varsity team had similar luck with the Kardinal JV. The younger M’s turned the ball over several times and struggled to work out bugs in the offense.
Homer coaches Josh Fraley and Rick Anderson assured that this week’s practices for both teams will address some of the blocking and tackling problems seen against Kenai.
This weekend, Homer travels north to play the Skyview Panthers in Soldotna. The Panther program has been struggling and can currently only field a varsity squad.
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