“This is a must-win for us,” Kodiak coach Jim Schnick said. “We have to be ready to come to play.”
This is the first of only three Northern Lights Conference games for Kodiak this season. The other two conference games are against powerhouses Kenai (Week 3) and Soldotna (Week 6).
Normally, Kodiak plays five conference games, but not this year with both Skyview and Houston leaving the conference. Only the top two teams in the conference advance to postseason play.
With so few conference games, Kodiak can’t afford to give a game away against a beatable opponent. Homer comes to the island after getting blasted by Eielson, 41-16, in Week 1.
“I know Homer’s enrollment is down this year to, so it is going through sort of the same struggles that we are,” Schnick said. “We are just going to prepare, get a game plan together and give them everything that we got.”
Kodiak is looking to rebound from its season-opening 50-0 loss to large-school Chugiak. The Bears gained only 102 yards of total offense in the loss, while giving up 297 yards — 226 on the ground.
Schnick was encouraged from his team’s performance.
“We saw a lot of effort,” he said. “Looking at the film there were a lot of things that we could have done differently, but the effort was there. They didn’t quit, even when the score got one-sided.”
The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak to the Mariners last season with a 26-8 win in Homer. The Mariners lead the all-time series 6-5.
The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. — two hours later than originally scheduled.
Homer arrives to Kodiak on the ferry Saturday morning and asked for the time to be moved back.
Just like last week, there will be no junior varsity game.
Around the conference
The conference’s two other teams both play large-school teams this week.
Soldotna (1-0) will put its 21-game winning streak on the line at Palmer tonight, while Kenai (0-1) plays Saturday at Lathrop (0-1).
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