Palmer, debuting its new artificial turf field, ran all over Kodiak Saturday in a 49-7 nonconference football victory at Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Kodiak came into its battle with Palmer as the mid-small schools No. 2 team in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network, and riding a two-game winning streak to begin the season.
The Bears viewed this game as a statement contest against Palmer, a team ranked No. 2 in the large school poll.
However, it was the Moose who made the statement in running their record to 3-0.
Junior running back James Nisbett scored two touchdowns and tallied 226 yards on only 11 carries.
In the Bears’ two victories over West Anchorage’s junior varsity and Houston, the defense gave up only 257 total yards.
On Saturday, Kodiak surrendered 350 rushing yards to Palmer, as the Moose improved to 3-0 all-time against Kodiak.
Despite the lopsided score, Kodiak had its chances in the first half
After Palmer scored first on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Christiansen to Dylan Myers, the Bears took the lead 7-6 when quarterback Josh Yavorsky hit Fredy Sorto for an 18-yard scoring strike.
The score was set up by a Palmer fumble on its own side of the field.
The Bears had two more chances to score in the first half, when they recovered another fumble deep in Palmer territory and also drove into the red zone before turning the ball over on downs with a second to go before halftime.
With a second left, Nisbett did in Kodiak with an 86-yard touchdown run to give Palmer a 28-7 halftime lead.
“We had our shots. We moved the ball a little bit,” Kodiak coach Jim Schnick said. “Palmer is a big physical team and are well coached. We kind of made it too easy on them.
“We gave up some big plays and had a couple of nice plays for us that were called back.”
Palmer scored three more times in the third, which included another Nisbett run, this time from 68 yards out.
Kodiak’s Melvin Javier, who ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s victory over Houston, led the Bears with 60 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Kodiak (2-1) continues its nonconference schedule when it plays at Thunder Mountain this Saturday.
MOOSE 49, BEARS 7
Kodiak 7 0 0 0 — 7
Palmer 14 14 21 0 — 49
Palmer — Myers 43 pass from Christiansen (kick failed) 9:13.
Kodiak — Sorto 18 pass from Yavorsky (Gregory kick) 6:25.
Palmer — Nisbett 15 run (DeLay pass from Christiansen) 3:35.
Palmer — Christiansen 1 run (Wells kick) 2:42.
Palmer — Nisbett 86 run (Wells kick) 0:00.
Palmer — Nisbett 68 run (Wells kick) 7:23.
Palmer — Heun 7 run (Wells kick) 3:12.
Palmer — Myers 10 pass from Christiansen (Wells kick) 0:33.
Rushing — Kodiak: Yavorsky 11-14, Javier 10-60, Medina 10-25, Powers 8-(-5), Lenon 1-5; Palmer: Nisbett 11-226, Heun 8-41, V. Aumavae 6-54, Christiansen 3-23, Merritt 2-8, Swineheart 1-6, Tatom 1-(-8).
Passing — Kodiak: Yavorksy 3-8-1—45; Palmer: Christiansen 3-3-0—88, Tatom 0-1-0—0.
Recieving — Kodiak: Javier 2-27, Sorto 1-18; Palmer: Myers 2-53, DeLay 1-35.