Mariners set to open '17 season
Homer High School football team will take to the field against the Kodiak Bears
The Homer High School football team will get the chance to kick off their 2017 prep football season on a high note this weekend when they take to the field against the Kodiak Bears. The game is scheduled to get under way at 2 p.m. at Mariner Field.
The season-opener for both squads will showcase two teams on the rise. After enduring a brutal start that included injuries to key players, the Mariners managed to close out the 2016 season with back-to-back wins and finished at 2-6 overall.
In their final two games, Homer outscored Redington and Valdez by a 100-19 clip. The wins enabled the Mariners to finish third in the Peninsula Conference standings.
A member of the Northern Lights Conference, the Bears will represent a major challenge for the Mariners. Kodiak, a Medium-school program, brings back several key players from last year's team that went 4-4.
The Bears should also come into the game with plenty of confidence. Kodiak dealt Homer one of its six consecutive loss to open the 2016 season by notching a 56-32 decision in Week 3.
The showdown with Kodiak is one of two the Mariners will make against larger programs in the first month of the season. After facing Kodiak, Homer will play Barrow and Valdez before hitting the road for a game in Ketchikan on Sept. 1.
The Mariners will open Peninsula Conference play on Sept. 9 with a game against defending conference champion Seward.