South, North Pole maintain spots atop football polls

Fresh off blowouts, defending large-school state football champion South and North Pole each remained No. 1 in their classifications Monday in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Poll.

South of the Cook Inlet Conference, which blistered East 65-6 in a season-opening league game Saturday night, topped large schools.

The Wolverines were followed at No. 2 by rival CIC team Service, which South beat in the state title game last fall and moved up one spot from last week's preseason poll. The Cougars opened the season Friday with a 52-21 nonconference win over preseason No. 4 Colony of the Railbelt Conference. The Knights fell out of the poll.

Wasilla of the Railbelt, a 24-14 nonconference winner over West of the CIC, moved into the poll at No. 3, followed by Railbelt member Palmer, a 21-15 winner over CIC Bartlett. Palmer slipped two spots in the poll.

Rounding out the top five is Chugiak of the CIC, which opened with a 17-6 nonconference win over West Valley of the Railbelt.

North Pole, which this season dropped down to the medium-school division from the large-school division, maintained its No. 1 ranking among medium and small schools, courtesy of a 40-8 win over Eagle River of the CIC.

Soldotna remained No. 2 after a 55-19 win over Eielson, and Juneau stayed at No. 3 on the strength of a 63-6 win over Ketchikan.

Kenai moved into the poll at No. 4 following its 51-16 win over Nikiski, and Houston entered the poll at No. 5 after beating Seward 47-0.


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