Mariners ready for conference play with rout
With 59-14 win over Ketchikan, Homer improves to 3-1 for the season
The Homer High School Mariners were on a mission Friday evening when they stepped onto the field in Ketchikan. Not only did the Mariners want to win their third straight game, they wanted to send a clear message to the rest of the Peninsula Conference teams that they were hitting stride at the right time.
Both goals were accomplished with a bang. Backed by a pair of touchdown receptions from Justin Sumption and two rushing touchdowns from senior Teddy Croft, Homer rolled over Ketchikan by a 59-14 clip in front of a large crowd in Ketchikan.
With the win, the Mariners improved to 3-1 for the season. More importantly, they roll into this Saturday's start of conference play with plenty of momentum.
Homer didn't waste any time in putting the Kings on their heels. The Mariners reeled off 26 unanswered points in the first 12 minutes of the contest. They never looked back from there.
Croft ignited the M's scoring barrage early in the frame. He reeled off a short run that staked Homer to a 7-0 advantage.
After the Mariners had pushed their lead to 13-0, Croft proved his arm was as deadly as his legs. He tossed a 25-yard strike to Sumption late in the opening stanza to drive the HHS lead to 19-0.
Sumption pulled in a 45-yard scoring toss later in the frame and ballooned the Mariner lead to 26-0.
Homer, which has outscored its opponents by a staggering 151-35 margin during its recent win streak under first-year head coach Walter Love, tacked on two more touchdowns in the second quarter and rolled into the half holding a commanding 39-14 advantage.
Jack Heimbold plowed his way into the end zone for a touchdown to highlight the Mariners' second-quarter efforts. Homer iced the game after a 20-7 run in the second half.
The Mariners will begin Peninsula Conference action this weekend when they face off with rival Seward. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Seward.