Homer’s Antonin Murachev runs the ball up the field against Valdez on Friday, Sept. 13.

Homer’s Antonin Murachev runs the ball up the field against Valdez on Friday, Sept. 13.

Mariner football blasts past Valdez

The Homer football team stormed past Valdez last weekend in a nonconference Division III game hosted by Homer.

The Mariners ended the night 52-6 and moved to 2-2 overall this season, while the Buccaneers dropped to 1-4.

Quarterback Anthony Kalugin ran for three touchdowns during the game and threw for another three. He went 8 out of 11 for 160 passing yards and ran for another 104.

Homer’s Kamdyn Doughty racked up 82 yards on eight rushes and also contributed a touchdown. Josh Bradshaw, Cade Hrenchir and Carter Tennison also had receiving touchdowns for the Mariners.

Jona Turner scored the lone touchdown for Valdez in the fourth quarter.

Head Coach Justin Zank said he saw Homer’s passing game starting to come together in Friday’s game.

“Our quarterback and wide receiver are getting more familiar with each other,” he said. “I was really happy with how our passing game shaped up, because we have just been missing those opportunities.”

In what’s becoming a pattern for this season, Zank again praised the hard work of the Mariner defense.

“Our defense played phenomenal, again,” he said. “So I’m really proud of them.”

Zank said he’s noticed marked improvements in the team overall since the beginning of the season. One of those big changes is their confidence, he said.

“The guys are buying in to what we’re selling,” Zank said. “And it’s starting to come together.”

The Mariners will play Seward High School in an away game this Saturday.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

Homer’s Johsh Bradshaw (No. 11) and Cade Hrenchir celebrate Hrenchir’s touchdown.

Homer’s Johsh Bradshaw (No. 11) and Cade Hrenchir celebrate Hrenchir’s touchdown.

Homer’s River Mann takes the ball up the field during a Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 football game against Valdez High School on the Mariner field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer’s River Mann takes the ball up the field during a Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 football game against Valdez High School on the Mariner field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer’s Josh Bradshaw tackles Hayden Howard of Valdez High School during a Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 football game between the two teams at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer’s Josh Bradshaw tackles Hayden Howard of Valdez High School during a Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 football game between the two teams at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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