Medium overpowered large Friday night in Alaska football.
Kenai and Soldotna, members of the medium-school Northern Lights Conference, claimed victories over opponents from the large-school Railbelt Conference, with Kenai winning a close one and Soldotna turning a close one into a blowout.
Kenai stopped Wasilla 17-14 in a game that was delayed for about an hour by lightning in Wasilla, which was pelted by rain and hail.
In Soldotna, the Stars scored the final 33 points to grab a 47-21 win over Colony. There were no weather delays in the game, but it progressed at a glacial pace.
Palmer saved the day for the Valley. The Moose stopped West Valley 21-12 in a Railbelt Conference game in Fairbanks.
Vincent Aumavae scored twice for Palmer on runs of 4 and 8 yards, both of them coming in the second quarter as the Moose took a 14-6 halftime lead.
James Nisbett made it 21-6 with a 5-yard run in the third quarter for undefeated Palmer (1-0 Railbelt, 2-0 overall).
Charles Sudduth threw for a pair of West Valley touchdowns, a 26-yarder to Elijah Connell in the first quarter and a 28-yarder to Jaxon Brooks in the fourth quarter. The Wolfpack fell to 0-1 in league, 0-2 overall.
For Colony, the loss in Soldotna was a tough one. The Knights are 0-2 after nonconference losses to two defending state champions -- medium-school champs Soldotna and, last week, large-school runner-up Service.
After spotting Soldotna to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Colony answered with two touchdowns in the second quarter and then grabbed a 17-14 halftime lead with a field goal kicked with no time on the clock.
The Stars seemed to have stopped the drive that led to the field goal, halting Colony on fourth-and-1 with 12 seconds left in the half. But an inadvertent whistle gave Colony a second chance, and quarterback Bryce Niver got the first down on a keeper. Colony gained five more yards on Soldotna's delay of game, and then got another break when Soldotna's roughing-the-passer penalty negated its end zone interception of Niver. That set up a go-ahead field goal.
Colony scored quickly to open the second half when Niver found Daniel Bilafer with an 11-yard pass for a 24-14 lead. But it was all Soldotna after that.
Getting a huge boost from their defense, the Stars scored five straight touchdowns, including two set up by interceptions and another that came on the first play after Colony turned the ball over on downs.
Drew Gibbs rushed for three straight touchdowns, sandwiching a 5-yard run between bursts of 64 and 67 yards.
Gibbs scored four times altogether, plus he had one of Soldotna's three second-half interceptions. Colton Young ran for two touchdowns, scoring the game's first touchdown and its final once.
Soldotna led 14-0 after the first quarter, but Colony came back with 17 second-quarter points, scoring twice on Niver passes to Antonio Bush.
In a Northern Lights Conference game at Skyview, Houston rocked the Panthers 37-0.
Waylon Soptick rushed for 293 yards and four touchdowns, including a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter. Matt Barron came up with two interceptions and collected a third-quarter touchdown pass from Nai Saechao.
Houston (1-0 Northern Lights, 2-0 overall) outgained Skyview (0-1, 1-1) 379 yards to 25 on the ground and 63 to 38 in the air.
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