Alaska high school football report: Saturday, Aug. 24

Eielson 68, Valdez 0

Anthony Griffith put together the kind of first half football players dream about, rushing for 200 yards on six carries Saturday to lead Eielson to a 68-0 win over Valdez in a Greatland Conference game.

Griffith scored on runs of 44, 6 and 78 yards in a 41-point second quarter for the Ravens. Eielson led 55-0 at halftime.

Eielson improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Greatland Conference. Valdez is 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the Greatland Conference.

Eielson's Kaleb Dunlap ran for 142 yards on 11 carries, and quarterback Caleb Valez ran for three touchdowns before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. Taylor Benjamin added a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Ravens, and Cody Cain scored on a 97-yard interception return. Dylan Covacs scored the game's final touchdown on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Valdez quarterback Preston Fifarek posted 70 yards on 5-of-17 passing, and Isaac Deaton led the team in rushing with 33 yards on 10 carries.

Monroe 63, Seward 0

Outmanned but not outscored, Monroe's team of 12 overpowered Seward 63-0 in a Greatland Conference game Saturday in Fairbanks.

Scooter Bynum and Tyler Wells were a two-man highlight reel for the Rams.

Bynum delivered two spectacular scoring plays, returning a kickoff 88 yards and returning an interception 80 yards, and Wells contributed on offense, defense and special teams -- he threw two touchdown passes, returned a punt for a touchdown and came up with an interception.

Monroe (1-0) and Seward (0-1) were both playing their first games of the season -- due to a lack of players, Monroe forfeited last week's scheduled game with Homer and Delta pulled out of its game with Seward.

Lathrop 54, Nikiski 0

Chris Seminario ran for three touchdowns and Robert Tanner passed for two Saturday in Lathrop's 54-0 bruising of Nikiski in non-conference football action in Nikiski.

Semanario rushed for 159 yards on five carries to help the Malemutes (2-0) pile up 299 yards on the ground. Tanner completed 9 of 12 passes for 144 yards.

Lathrop's defense scored two touchdowns while holding Nikiski (0-2) to 134 yards.

Barrow 46, Voznesenka 6

Barrow gave Voznesenka a rude welcome to 11-man football Saturday, pounding the first-year team from the Kenai Peninsula 46-6 in the season-opening game for both teams.

The Greatland Conference game marked Brad Houston's debut as Barrow's head coach -- he's been an assistant in previous seasons.

Glenn Sivlu spearheaded Barrow's rushing attack with 72 yards on four carries, going for touchdowns on runs of 10 and 21 yards. Quarterback Jessie Sanchez scored on runs of 4 and 13 yards, and tossed an 11-yard TD pass to Lawrence Kaleak.

Also rushing for touchdowns were David Egavlik and David Matthews.

Voznesenka got its only touchdown near the end of the first half on a short run by its quarterback.

Juneau 26, Viewpoint 20

Two second-half kickoff returns for touchdowns Friday helped Juneau put a sour note on the Viewpoint High football team's trip from California to Alaska.

Juneau (2-0) overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Viewpoint 26-20 at Adair-Kennedy Field and improve to 2-0. Viewpoint fell to 1-1 after torching Thunder Mountain 56-0 on Tuesday.


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