Homer eked out a win over Seward High School, a fellow Peninsula Conference team, and brought home a win on homecoming night.
The Mariners held onto their slim lead of 21-20 to win the game Friday at Homer High school, moving to 1-2 in Peninsula Conference play and 1-6 overall this season. Seward is now 1-1 in the conference and 3-3 overall.
The Mariners started off strong, leading the Seahawks 6-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, junior Noah Fisk scored with 9:09 left in the quarter, bringing the score to 13-0.
Seward then answered with a touchdown from Gabriel Schrock in the third quarter, and one from Shane Sullivan in the fourth, bringing the score to 13-12.
Senior Jadin Mann mowed down the Seward defense for an 8-yard gain touchdown, with quarterback Anthony Kalugin successfully making the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 21-12.
Seward kept fighting, with Christopher Kingsland catching a 42-yard throw from Tommy Cronin with just 1:45 left in the game.
Sullivan made the two-point conversion to bring the score to 21-20, but the Mariners were able to hold the Seahawks off just long enough to secure the win.
Fisk led the game with 184 rushing yards. Sullivan racked up 97 rushing yards for Seward.
Seward’s Cronin made 61 passing yards, to Kalugin’s 98.
On the receiving end, Seward’s Kingsland had 61 yards, Homer’s Prokohpy Konev had 51 yards and Fisk had 47.
Friday’s halftime saw a special dance and cheer presentation from Homer’s cheerleading squad, as well as the presentation of this year’s homecoming royalty.
Members of the homecoming court from the freshmen, sophomore and junior grades lined up in front of the stands to take their bows, and seniors Luciano Fasulo and Ali McCarron were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.
Following the game and despite dark clouds and persistent rain, students from the high school drove floats they had constructed for the occasion over to the student parking lot to celebrate with a bonfire.