What he didn’t expect was his offense not scoring, but that is what happened in a 50-0 nonconference football loss to the Mustangs Saturday at Joe Floyd Track and Field.
“I hate seeing that goose egg on the board more than anything,” Schnick said. “We are just going to have to do extra next week.”
Kodiak has a week to right the ship before hosting Homer in a Northern Lights Conference game Saturday.
The offense moved the ball inside the red zone twice, but was held scoreless for just the third time in 18 games under Schnick, who took over the team in 2012.
Senior quarterback Melvin Javier accounted for 74 of Kodiak’s 102 offensive yards.
“This was a big learning experience for our guys,” Schnick said. “They played their hearts out; there was no quit. The scoreboard might not reflect that, but me and my other coaches know this team and we were pretty proud of their effort.”
Chugiak scored on all three of its first-quarter possessions, and added a safety and a 104-yard interception return to jump out to a 29-0 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
The Mustangs, a large-school state qualifier last season, rolled from there, giving coach Roger Spackman a win in his Chugiak debut.
Spackman, who coached East Anchorage for eight seasons (2000-2007), replaced longtime coach Duncan Shackelford, who retired after last season.
“It feels great,” Spackman said on getting his first win. “We were the favorite team coming in, and like I told the boys, they did what they were supposed to do. Kodiak played hard. Those kids sold out ... even though they didn’t score, they deserved to.”
Chugiak quarterback Ben Stewart passed for three touchdowns — 11, 14 and 46 yards — and ran for another.
Derryck Snell grabbed a pair of touchdown passes — his second one put Chugiak up 36-0, which started a running clock midway through the third quarter.
The Mustangs had eight running backs combine for 226 yards on 35 carries.
Kodiak’s best drive lasted 10 plays and 65 yards. However, the first-quarter threat ended when Vander Lekites picked off a Javier pass in the end zone and zoomed 104-yards for a touchdown.
“That was devastating,” Schnick said.
Kodiak put together another lengthy drive to begin the second quarter. The Bears marched 61 yards on 15 plays, but was stopped on a fourth-and-one on the Mustangs’ 10-yard-line.
“We did some nice things offensively. We moved the ball on them a couple of times,” Schnick said. “We have things to build on and places to go from here — lots of positives.”
One positive was the defensive play of Jake Yavorsky, who recorded a pair of sacks.
“He had a pretty good game,” Schnick said.
Kodiak (0-1) fell to 2-8 all-time against large-school teams and snapped its six-game winning streak in season openers. The Bears are 9-3 in openers.
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MUSTANGS 50, BEARS 0
Chugiak 29 0 14 7 — 50
Kodiak 0 0 0 0 — 0
Chu — Lekites 1 run (Tulare kick), 9:30
Chu — Quigley 11 pass from Stewart (Tulare kick), 4:41
Chu — Safety, 3:11
Chu — Snell 46 pass from Stewart (Tulare kick), 2:55
Chu — Lekites 104 interception return (pass failed), 0:00
Chu — Snell 14 pass from Stewart (Tulare kick), 7:40
Chu — Stewart 1 run (Tulare kick), 2:30
Chu — Harris 38 run (Tulare kick), 4:58
First downs 11 8
Rushes-yards 35-226 39-82
Passing yards 71 20
Passes 3-5-0 3-11-2
Punts 0 6
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-yards 8-70 9-75
Rushing — Chugiak: Lee 4-22, Stewart 9-17, Lekites 5-46, Williams 2-23, Young 6-37, Lee 2-7, Regina 4-22, Harris 3-52. Kodiak: Kionisala 14-15, Javier 12-54, Galindez 4-(-1), Carros 1-(-1), Small 8-15.
Passing — Chugiak: Stewart 3-5-0 — 71. Kodiak: Javier 3-11-2 — 20.
Receiving — Chugiak: Snell 2-60, Lekites 1-11. Kodiak: Galindez 1-4, Small 1-6, Miranda 1-10.