Story last updated at 4:17 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2002

Mariner football kicks off with win
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

Mariner tailback David Drake ran over, through and around the Anchorage Christian School defense on Saturday as the Homer High School football team sailed to a 46-20 nonconference win over the Lions at Anchorage Football Stadium.

In what was the season opener for both teams, Drake blew up for 259 rushing yards on 18 carries, scoring five touchdowns. With the Mariners up 46-8 at halftime, Drake sat out most of the second half.

Despite the Mariners' first-half dominance, they quickly found themselves down a touchdown after ACS tailback Bobby Dunbar took off for a 95-yard score on the game's first play from scrimmage.

Coach Terry Fraley said the play, a sweep, caught the Mariners napping.

"That guy's fast, and he got around the corner on us and nobody could catch him," Fraley said. "The kids kind of went, 'Whoa.' Then we went back to work, and five plays later we were in the end zone.

"We never stopped after that."

The Homer offensive line completely dominated the line of scrimmage, opening hole after hole for Drake.

"I knew that we had a pretty strong offensive line going in," Fraley said.

In addition to going to work on offense, the Mariners buckled down defensively as well, Fraley said, shutting down Dunbar for the rest of the game.

In the second half, Fraley utilized what reserves he had on his bench, though he admitted the team was still a little short on bodies because some players have been off working fishing industry jobs or still on family vacations.

Nonetheless, Fraley's roster of 18 players made the most of their 2002 debut.

"The younger guys got schooled up on what they've got to do," Fraley said. "Basically, because we are so strong in the middle, teams can't run on us in the middle."

What that means is that the Homer secondary and defensive ends have to be on their toes for the outside running game and the pass over the middle, not to mention various play action and ball fakes, Fraley said.

"I'm not dissatisfied," he added quickly. "But they've got still got some work to do."