Injuries during first away game lead to crushing loss

The Ravens pounded the Mariners in a nonconference season opener Saturday afternoon in Fairbanks, finish Homer off with a 67-31 score.

“It was pretty disappointing overall,” said Homer coach Josh Fraley.

Teddy Croft, who racked up four touchdowns in the first half and five total, went out in the second half after a brutal hit. Fraley said he pulled Croft in order to follow concussion protocol.

To make matters worse, cramping took hold of receiver Noah Fisk, who missed much of the second half as well.

“I think it would’ve been a closer contest (if they stayed in),” Fraley said. “We also had some missed opportunities that they scored on.”

Croft finished with 264 total offensive yards — he threw three touchdowns for 130 yards and ran for two other scores while piling up 134 rushing yards.

Eielson took the lead for good with a 15-yard rumble by Jaydenn Manibusen early in the second quarter, which put the Ravens up 20-19. Jeremiah Brown led Eielson with 132 rushing yards.

With Croft out of the game, Fraley turned to senior Jaime Rios and junior Dawson Felde to lead the team.

Fisk opened the game with a touchdown catch, then Croft was off to the races on a 57-yard scramble to help Homer open up a 12-0 lead.

Another big scoring run by Croft, this one a 64-yard sprint, left the Mariners with a 19-6 lead with 3:13 remaining in the first quarter, but it would all be lost from there.

Eielson scored 33 points in the second quarter to take a 46-25 lead at halftime, even after Croft connected with Felde on a 16-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to cut the deficit to two points.

The closest the Mariners got from there was 46-31 in the third quarter, when Croft landed a 61-yard bomb into the hands of Joe Ravin. It would be soon after when Croft was taken out of the game.

More in Sports

Kenai’s James Sparks runs for a gain after a catch during a loss to Houston on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Houston, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
Kards, Mariners collect Mid Alaska Conference honors

The Mid Alaska Conference Awards have been announced. The honorees are: First… Continue reading

Kenai Central’s Jorgi Phillips attacks against Homer on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Kenai volleyball sweeps Homer

The visiting Kenai Central volleyball team swept Homer on Tuesday in Southcentral… Continue reading

Sports in brief

Volleyball Upcoming meets: TBA Friday, Oct. 22: Junior Varsity Volleyball at Diamond/Service… Continue reading

MJ Hendren pictured kayaking at Hidden Lake next to a large rock exposure. (Photo provided)
Refuge Notebook: Geology of the Kenai … it rocks!

One thing that never ceases to amaze me about living in Alaska… Continue reading

Photo by Kat Sorensen 
The pedicure in question has seen many miles of hiking and walking since it was first painted on five months ago.
Tangled Up in Blue: A perfect pedicure

There is just the smallest sliver of light pink nail polish left… Continue reading

Sports in brief

Volleyball Upcoming meets: TBA Thursday, Oct. 14: Varsity Volleyball at Juneau Tourney… Continue reading

Anthony Botello fishes for halibut off the coast of Homer, Alaska, on Sept. 6, 2021. (Camille Botello)
Out of the Office: Fish on!

I was pretty spoiled as a kid. The chest freezer in our… Continue reading

Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby waves to the crowd in Seward during her celebratory parade on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Jacoby nabs two 2nds at World Cup

Lydia Jacoby, a 17-year-old senior at Seward High School, finished second in… Continue reading

tease
Homer, Soldotna notch volleyball wins

The host Homer volleyball notched a 3-0 Southcentral Conference victory over Nikiski… Continue reading

Most Read