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Story last updated at 3:39 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Homer High School's football team sustained a season winning streak and the Mariner mascot got his push-up arms warmed up at the team's first conference game last Saturday on Mariner field.

Homer continues streak with 34-0 conference victory over Kodiak, takes on defending state champ Soldotna next

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff writer


Photographer: Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Awash with rain and two variations of blue and gold, the Mariner field was the site of Homer's shut-out victory over Kodiak Saturday.

Homer High School's football team sustained a season winning streak and the Mariner mascot got his push-up arms warmed up at the team's first conference game last Saturday on Mariner field.

The Ms' teamwork and focus was evident as they plowed through four quarters of battle with the Kodiak Bears, now ranked 2-1 in the league.

A strong group of seniors led the charge, which paid off three minutes in with a touchdown by Dyllan Day and kick by Hoss Frank.

Day ran again before the quarter was over and contributed a kick after Frank touched down in the endzone late in the second quarter. At halftime the game stood 22-0.

Homer faltered a bit in the third quarter, but senior Tayler Downes still managed to score on a 24-yard run. Day ran 29 in the fourth and the team held Kodiak at bay to bring the final score to 34-0.

Homer junior Joe Resetaris notched eight tackles during the game. Juniors Mark McGregor and Drew Raymond and seniors Devon Kennelty, Erik Rosencrans and Robin Glosser each had three or more.

Glosser made four passes for 44 yards, despite having his throwing hand thumbnail ripped off in the second quarter. Day racked up 155 rushing yards, Frank 95 and Downes 62.

Kodiak struggled to muster their offense, completing 0 of 11 attempted passes (for Homer's 4-9) and making 72 rushing yards compared to Homer's 370.

"It was an off game all the way around," said Kodiak Head Coach Todd Cook.

"We just couldn't get anything offensively going. A lot of our players weren't playing to their potential."

That could have had something to do with the fact the team didn't land at the dock until 3 a.m. or reach the Homer High hotel until 5 on Saturday morning after a ferry ride Cook ranked in the worst three he's had since he started coaching in 2004.

"It was not our best showing, but Homer's a good enough team to where you just can't make any mistakes. They're strong, they're disciplined, they executed their offense well," Cook said.

Wyatt nodded to Kodiak's composure in spite of the elements.

"My hat's off to Kodiak," he said. "They were tough, they were hard hitting, they never gave up. The score might not show, but it definitely was a good game."

Wyatt credits the Mariners success this year largely to the 16 seniors who have essentially grown up together.

"The no. 1 thing is they are sort of like brothers," he said.

No. 2 is the level of focus demonstrated across the team.

"Now we've got to get to no. 3, which is being consistent," he said.

The Mariners are looking at lot of league play in the next few weeks as they vie for a no. 1 ranking in conference play. The top-ranked team gets to host the first playoff game Oct. 14.


Photographer: Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Mariner cheerleaders were assisted by a large crowd of fans, including some boys with promising ambition to learn the spirit moves.

It hasn't happened in Homer football's 32 years, but Wyatt believes in his team's heart and ability to take care of business in the next four weeks.

"There's a lot of firsts for this program now. I'm glad these kids have put forth the effort."

He said the staunch support of Homer's fans and trained cheer squad is another motivator for the team to bring the playoff game home.

"We'd love to be able to give that to the community," he said.

The Ms face defending high school state champions Soldotna at 3 and 6 p.m. in Soldotna on Friday.

A 9/11 memorial event, the football game will be a chance to recognize people who have served/are serving in the armed forces.

"It's going to be a big thing... probably one of biggest games of the year," Wyatt said.

Lindsay Johnson can be reached at lindsay.johnson@homernews.com.