Wasilla won a thriller against Colony, South traveled all the way to California for its first loss of the season and Soldotna continued to bruise opponents with its running game Friday night in high school football action.
The South Wolverines, the defending large-school state champions, held their own for much of the game against a team that made it to the California playoffs last year. They lost 19-0 to Moorpark, Calif., after holding the Musketeers to a single touchdown for the first 34 minutes.
The game was scoreless through the first quarter, and Moorpark led 6-0 at the half on a quarterback sneak by Anthony Upshaw.
The Musketeers, who are coming off an 8-3 season, sealed the season-opening win with two second-half touchdown runs by Ethan Shahrokhfar. He scored his first one a one-yard plunge that came four plays after South fumbled the ball. His second came on a two-yard run.
South (2-1) lost two fumbles, both of which led to Moorpark touchdowns.
In other games, Wasilla rallied past Colony 35-26, Soldotna throttled Houston 76-28 and Lathrop blanked West Valley 27-0.
The Warriors scored 28 unanswered points to knock off rival Colony 35-26 in a Railbelt Conference football game at Colony.
Josiah Williams sparked the comeback, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in the second half.
Colony (0-1 conference, 0-3 overall) jumped to a 10-0 lead and led 20-7 in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
Daniel Bilafer had a hand in Colony's first 13 points, kicking field goals of 25 and 30 yards and catching a 13-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Niver to lift the Knights to a 13-7 halftime lead. Devin Otto's 5-yard touchdown run provided Wasilla's only points of the half.
Colony stretched its lead to 20-7 with Niver's 15-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bush early in the third quarter.
Things started to turn on Wasilla's ensuing possession when, on fourth down, the Warriors decided against punting and got a first down on one of Williams' nine completions. Two plays later, Williams scored on a keeper from one yard out to cut Colony's lead to 20-13.
The Warriors (1-0, 2-1) took the lead on a 68-yard catch-and-run play from Williams to Isaiah Dawkins that made it 21-20.
Williams threw for 118 yards. His second touchdown pass, a 12-yarder that found Cash McGregor in the corner of the end zone in the fourth quarter, gave Wasilla a 35-20 lead.
Colony finally responded with Logan Conway's 9-yard run late in the game. The Knights missed the point-after kick to keep it a two-possession game.
In Northern Lights Conference action in Houston, Soldotna and Houston combined for more than 100 points, even with a running clock for all of the fourth quarter.
The Stars (1-0, 3-0) rushed for 400 yards in the first half alone, taking a 56-6 lead at intermission. Soldotna built its lead to 76-14 before Houston scored twice in the fourth quarter.
In Fairbanks, Lathrop remained undefeated with a 27-0 Railbelt win over rival West Valley.
Chris Seminario opened the game with an 85-yard kickoff return that was the extent of the first-half scoring.
Robert Tanner scored three touchdowns in the second half, sandwiching a 1-yard run between touchdowns passes to Terrell Ford and Derrick O'Neal.