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Service jumps South in polls after beating Wolverines

Alaska high school football's latest version of the Game of the Year lived up to the hype, and it made for changes in the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network poll.

Service (5-1) of the Cook Inlet Conference, which roared back from an early 19-point deficit Friday night to beat then-No. 1 South 37-36, jumped one spot in the poll to become the new No. 1 among large schools.

South (4-2), the defending state champion, slipped to No. 3.

Service and South are the only two teams that have been No. 1 this season.

Palmer (5-1) of the Railbelt, which has qualified for the playoffs in 13 consecutive seasons, the longest such streak among large schools. moved up one spot to No. 2.

Chugiak (4-2) and West (4-2) both entered the poll this week, Chugiak at No. 4 and West at No. 5. That gives the CIC four of the five teams in the poll.

Meanwhile, Soldotna (6-0), Kenai (6-0), Juneau (5-1) and North Pole, in that order, maintained the Nos. 1-4 spots in the poll for medium and small schools.

Nikiski (4-2) moved into the medium-small poll at No. 5, marking its first appearance this season.


Anchorage Daily News