Story last updated at 12:27 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2002

HHS stomps Lynx JV
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

Homer High School football coach Terry Fraley is searching for a few exceptional bruisers and play-makers.

And he's hoping to see them line up against his Mariners, who upped their record to 3-1 following Friday's 66-0 mauling of the Dimond junior varsity squad.

While wins like Friday's and last week's 38-0 romp over a rebuilding Nikiski team are good for team morale, Fraley said he wants to see his team pushed to its limit.

"It's good to have those kind of games for sure," Fraley said. He added that he hopes that the Mariners' next opponent --Seward, at home on Saturday -- will provide a little more of a test.

"We've got to learn how to handle ourselves in those tough games," Fraley said. "And we've got to win those tough games."

Still, Friday's blowout showed more of the potent weapons the Mariners have at their disposal on both sides of the ball.

Once again, David Drake had an exceptional day running the football, picking up 145 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Adam Crum at fullback wreaked havoc on Dimond's goal-line defense, punching in four touchdowns on the afternoon.

But the freedom of a more-than-comfortable lead allowed Fraley and company to test out a few new possibilities. Van Hawkins picked up 112 yards on 10 carries and ran in a 29-yard touchdown.

"He runs hard," Fraley said of Hawkins, who might be the team's fastest running back. "He's a little bit of a different type of runner than David (Drake), more of a straight-up power-I (formation) back."

The passing game took some strides forward as well, with Jake Fraley completing 6 of 12 passes for 131 yards, including a touchdown to Steven Stead. In all, five receivers made catches for a total of 146 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Fraley said, the Mariners emphasized their developing pass rush schemes.

The Mariners allowed the Lynx just 80 total yards of offense and four first downs.

As is often the case when a team gets a ridiculous lead -- the Mariners were up 36-0 at halftime -- focus becomes an issue as the game wears on.

"It's really hard, because in their mind they've already done their work and their day is done," Fraley said.

The Mariners will resume their work on Saturday at 3 p.m. when the Seahawks come to town. The junior varsity game will be at noon. The game had previously been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, but because there were three games on the Kenai Peninsula scheduled for roughly the same time, there were not enough referees to go around.

Sepp Jannotta can be reached at sjannotta@homernews.com.

Homer 20 16 18 12 -- 66

Dimond 0 0 0 0 -- 0

First Quarter

Homer -- Crum 20 run (run failed), 10:58.

Homer -- Crum 8 run (pass failed), 8:40.

Homer -- Stead 8 pass from Ja. Fraley (Crum run), 2:20.

Second Quarter

Homer -- Drake 44 run (Crum run), 11:40.

Homer -- Crum 3 run (Drake run), 8:14.

Third Quarter

Homer -- Drake 6 run (Ja. Fraley run), 8:50.

Homer -- Drake 4 run (Crum run), 5:20.

Homer -- A. Hediger safety, 2:10.

Fourth Quarter

Homer -- Crum 3 run (run failed), 11:20.

Homer -- Hawkins 29 run (run failed), 4:20.

HOMER DIMOND (jv)

First Downs 17 4

Rushes-yards 38-328 36-40

Passing yards 146 40

Passes 7-16-1 2-40-2

Fumbles-lost 4-1 3-1

Penalties 8-50 9-65

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Homer: Drake 19-145, Hawkins 10-112, Crum 8-58, Ja. Fraley 1-13. Dimond: not available.

PASSING -- Homer: Ja. Fraley 6-12-146-1, McKinney 1-4-15-0. Dimond: n/a.

RECEIVING -- Homer: Stead 2-85, Caffroy 1-20, Ja. Fraley 2-15, McKinney 1-13, Adams 2-13.

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