The Bears scored a convincing 45-0 season-opening nonconference football victory over West Anchorage’s junior varsity at a damp Woody Way Field Saturday morning.
It was apparent from the first snap that West Anchorage’s junior varsity was no match for Kodiak’s varsity.
Defensive ends Logan Owens and Ruben Amodo greeted West quarterback Sam Wedin in the backfield for the first of Kodiak’s four sacks just seconds into the contest.
Three plays and a minute later, Kodiak opened the scoring on a Seth Starr 32-yard punt return and the Bears never looked back.
“It was a great way to start. Our defensive line was really getting after it,” said Schnick, who became Kodiak’s second coach to win his debut game.
The groundwork for the win may have come during the offseason when Schnick talked senior Jemuel Medina, a Kodiak basketball player, into joining the team.
In his first football game since his freshman year, the elusive Medina ran for a game-high 157 yards and three touchdowns on only three carries.
He had scoring bursts of 41, 51 and 65 yards, and on each one made cuts that left defenders stuck in their tracks.
“It felt good. I missed running the ball,” Medina said. “How I play on the basketball court is how I play on the field. I see everything when I play basketball, so I see everything on the field.”
Medina sandwiched a pair of touchdown runs around a Leo Sega 9-yard scoring rumble to give Kodiak a 26-0 first quarter lead.
“He (Medina) is a dynamic athlete. Wow,” Schnick said. “As soon as I got hired as head coach, I was like, ‘Jemuel, you got to play football. I know you love basketball, but I could just picture you on a football field.’”
Medina accounted for all but 29 of Kodiak’s 186 rushing yards. The Bears added 113 more yards through the air to outgain West by 270 yards.
Kodiak’s junior varsity played the entire second half under a running clock and got on the scoreboard when Isagani Galindez took a screen pass from Collin Powers 60 yards to the end zone in the fourth.
“It is just difficult with the skill level being so great. We were hoping to get a little more longer drives out of our varsity, but it is what it is,” Schnick said. “We are real happy that we were able to get almost everybody out on the playing field today.”
Kodiak only netted one first down — West only had one first down also — as five of its six offensive scoring plays were from more than 40 yards out.
Both teams had trouble getting accumulated to the wet conditions as the game featured 21 fumbles — 13 resulting in a turnover.
Turning over the ball was about the only thing that went wrong for Kodiak in Schnick’s first game as head coach after taking over for longtime coach Todd Cook.
“For the first game, we looked pretty good. I’m pretty happy,” Schnick said.
“I had butterflies all up until last night (Friday). I woke up this morning and I was just ready to go. I almost felt like I was putting on the pads.”
On Saturday, Kodiak (1-0) hosts Houston (1-0) in a Northern Lights Conference game at Woody Way Field.
Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiak
BEARS 45, EAGLES 0
West Anchorage 0 0 0 0 — 0
Kodiak 26 13 0 6 — 45
Kodiak — Starr 32 punt return (Burris run), 10:45.
Kodiak — Medina 41 run (kick failed), 7:25.
Kodiak — Sega 9 run (kick failed), 4:11.
Kodiak — Medina 51 run (run failed), 1:29.
Kodiak — Sorto 53 pass from Yavorsky (Wibbe kick), 10:53.
Kodiak — Medina 65 run (run failed), 1:43.
Kodiak — Galindez 60 pass from C. Powers (kick failed), 3:15
First downs 1 1
Passing yards 54 113
Passing 6-17 2-3-0
Fumbles-lost 9-7 12-6
Penalties-yards 2-10 10-65
Rushing: West — Wedin 8-(16), Murchison 3-6, Steele 7-(-8), Cantrell 2-(-8), Lena 11-1. Kodiak —Yavorsky 3-17, K. Powers 2-5, Medina 3-157, Javier 1-13, Sega 1-9, Atonio 5-36, Wilson 5-(-4), Dela Cruz 3-(-17), Galindez 5-(-14), Ensley 4-3, Small 1-(-5), C. Powers 3-(-11).
Passing: West — Wedin 6-17-0-54. Kodiak — Yavorsky 1-1-0-53, Powers 1-2-0-60
Receiving: West — Briones 2-31, Elliot 1-3, Bell 2-10, Lena 1-10. Kodiak — Sorto 1-53, Galindez 1-60.