Welcome to Weekend Rewind, where we’ll look back at the biggest and best high school football games from the previous weekend. We’ll traditionally focus on teams competing to move up the Super 25 rankings, but with the first weekend of competitive prep football confined to games in Alaska and Hawaii alone, we’re instead shining a light on a small group of key early season games in those states.
There were a pair of state semifinal rematches on the line in the very first week of the Alaska football season. In both cases, history repeated itself (at least in result).
West (Anchorage) 28, Palmer 6: In the 2013 season, state champion Anchorage West knocked off Palmer 26-23 in a hard-fought semifinal that could easily have gone the other way. Not this time. Quarterback Sam Wedin completed two touchdown passes to breakout star sophomore wideout Lazono Martin in the first half alone and went on to complete 15 of 23 passes for 220 yards in the first two periods. West led 28-6 at halftime, and nearly led 28-0. It was that kind of game, though a potential knee injury for Martin did provide one damper on West’s enthusiasm after the victory.
Douglas (Juneau) 28, Central (Kenai) 15: Just as Juneau-Douglas cruised in the 2013 state semifinals, they got started early and cruised to victory at home against Central again. This time, quarterback Dorian Isaak completed a touchdown pass on the season’s fourth snap and set the tone for a game that was more one-sided than the final score indicates. And then, the Kenai players and staff boarded a plane to fly back home after the game. There’s your reminder that you’re playing in Alaska …
Pac-Five 54, King Kekaulike 37: When it comes to high powered offensive contests, this one was hard to beat. King Kekaulike got out to an early 10-0 lead, then the Pac-Five Wolfpack showed why they may be serious state contenders in 2014, rocking the Na Alii with 27 straight first half points to take a 27-10 lead and total control of the game. Most impressive in that run? It started a remarkable night for receiver Tsubasa Brennan, who finished with 19 receptions for 292 yards and four touchdowns … in the very first game of the season. Pac-Five sophomore quarterback Kainoa Ferreira also racked up predictably impressive stats, considering what Brennan compiled; Ferreira passed for 515 yards and six touchdowns in the victory.