EIELSON AFB-Saturday it was a matchup of two 4-0 teams in the Greatland Conference. Eielson and Nikiski. Eielson beat Nikiski in last year's championship game. Revenge was on the minds of the Bulldogs.
In the second quarter Nikiski senior running back Micheal Stangel put the Bulldogs up with a 25 yard romp to the endzone. They got the two pointer for an 8-0 lead. But just 30 seconds later Eielson's Tony Griffith answers with a 60 yard touchdown run to make it an 8-6 game.
However, Nikiski led 29-6 at halftime-scoring four times in the second quarter. Stangel and Christian Riddall both had over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
Nikiski wins 35-20 and are in the driver seat for the Greatland's number one seed.
"It was just, wanting to get back at them from last year," Stangel said. "We had some stuff burning up in there and we needed to get back at them."
Ravens head coach David Devaughn recongnizes his teams haven't historically lost regular season conference games especially at home. But this year's team is pretty young so there is learning curve on keeping up a winning tradition.
"You know, it was a slow start, they were definitely hungry, you know, we've got that target on our backs. So it's not a common thing out here to lose a conference game on this field," Devaughn said. "[It's] a young team, I don't think they're as tuned into that tradition but we're learning."
Here are the other Interior scores for week 7. Lathrop all over the Homer Mariners winning 49-0. Jociece Cannon had three touchdowns and Nathan Barnett had pick six and a sack for the Lathrop defene. Lathrop is 5-2 and finish second in the Railbelt with a 2-2 record.
Monroe beat Voz 54-0 on Wednesday and North Pole defeated West Valley 28-13 on Friday.
We'll have more on the postseason outlook and the latest ASBN polls tomorrow.