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0-8 to 4th in State

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

One year after finishing 0-8, the Kayhi Kings football team turned their program around. The year started with a three game win streak, where they defeated Redington, Valdez, and Nikiski.
After outscoring their opponents by a combined 190-38, Kayhi lost their 1st game of the year to the Houston Hawks 22-20.
They then went on another three game win streak playing Homer, Barrow, and Seward. The Kings outscored them all 106-58.
Their two closest games of the season came against Houston and Barrow, where both games were decided by two points.
Kayhi was the 1st team to beat Barrow in Barrow in the past two seasons.
“Barrow was definitely our toughest game,” said senior Crist Carlson. “The weather and the travel really got to us, and they were the 1st team that was bigger than us player to player.”
The Kings qualified for the Division III state football playoffs for the first time in program history. Kayhi lost to Eielson 55-0, which eliminated the team from the state championship. Eielson went on to play Barrow for the state title and won 35-0.  Kayhi finished the season 6-2, one of the best seasons Kayhi Footballs had in program history.
“I feel like it was a good season overall,” said senior quarterback Brendan Wong. “We had a lot of good games and a lot of big time plays. We played our hearts out and most importantly played as one.”
Stevie Byron, Crist Carlson, and Brendan Wong were all selected to the Senior Bowl.

Individual Season Stats

Brendan Wong: 1,562 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns
Crist Carlson: 10 receiving touchdowns and 3 interceptions
Brandon Wieber: 11 receiving touchdowns
CJ Jasper: 12 touchdowns, 2 interception return touchdowns, and 2 punt return touchdowns.
Stevie Byron: 4 rushing touchdowns
Brendan Roof: 2 rushing touchdowns
AJ Morris: 2 touchdowns
AJ Malouf: 4 touchdowns and averaged 80 yards kicking
Jackson Kaye: 2 fumble recoveries
Kylar Charles: 4 interceptions



Last Hoorah

Olivia Kinunen
Staff Writer

Four seniors on the Kayhi football team have been selected to participate in ASAA’s annual All Alaska Shrine North South Football Classic, or Senior Bowl, in Anchorage this week. Stevie Byron, Brendan Wong, Chris Brown, and Crist Carlson will be traveling up to Anchorage along with 60 other elite Alaskan football players.
The boys will participate in a week of practices, and end with a game on Saturday. The athletes will be divided up into 2 teams of 32, North Alaskans vs South Alaskans. “This weekend is going to be a good learning experience,” said Byron. “It is going to be fun to be able to play at a higher level.”
Since the Kayhi boys will be playing with the best of the best Alaskan football players, it is important for them to stay focused.
“Going into this weekend I know that I have to be on top of my game,” said Carlson. “And to compete at a higher level in order to get playing time.”
The Kayhi football team ended their season, 3 weeks ago, after a successful season. The seniors thought that after their loss to the Eielson Ravens, they would never get a chance to play again in Alaska.
“I’m really excited about being able to compete one last time in Alaska,” said Carlson. “I didn’t think I’d have this opportunity. I thought my season was over.”


Weekend Sports Preview

CC to Regionals
Spots at the state cross country meet are at stake this weekend at the Region V meet in Juneau.
The Kings’ best chances to qualify for state are freshman Mickey Lapinski and sophomore Morgan Elerding.
Lapinski finished 6th among 4A runners (12th overall) last week and will try to crack the top 10 and qualify for state. Lapinski said he is going to develop a game plan to put himself in the best position to have a strong race.“I’m going to learn the Juneau course to know how to pace myself,” said Lapinski.
Elerding finished 9th among the 4A runners last week and will try to keep her spot there to qualify.
“I need to stay with the three JD girls and hope to out sprint them at the end,” said Elerding. “They’re all 10 seconds within my time.”  

Football to Barrow
Kayhi Kings football (4-1) will travel 1,300 miles north to take on the Barrow Whalers (3-3) Saturday in their last away game of the regular season. The Kings are coming off a victory at Homer 48-12, and have averaged 51.6 points this season, while the Whalers have an average of 18.8 points.
Senior Tarrant Sasser said he is excited for this weekend’s trip up to the North slope.
“Our defense has been doing great forcing punts,” said Sasser. “And they have been putting the offense in great positions.”

Volleyball to Prince of Wales
The Kayhi girls volleyball team (1-7) will play the Craig Panthers Friday and Saturday with C team starting at 4:30 p.m. both nights.

Football Falls to Houston

The Kayhi Kings suffered their first defeat of the season on Friday to the Houston Hawks. The Kings lost 22-20 in an intense game against the Hawks. With Houston winning, they will become the leading team in the Peninsula Conference with a record of 4-1, Kayhi will drop to second with a record of 3-1.
The Kings had a tough first half  trailing 14-0 at halftime. They outscored the Hawks 20-8 in the second half, but they fell just short.
The Kings were down 3 starting players. Senior Stevie Byron (suspension), senior Mark Jasper (hand), and junior Brendon Roof (knee).
Senior quarterback Brendon Wong threw 2 touchdown passes to Junior wide receiver CJ Jasper. Senior Brandon Wieber and Jasper were the only 2 to score for Kayhi. Jasper scored a total of 18 points, and Wieber scored 2 points.
“CJ was amazing,” senior Brandon Wieber said,”he was quick and no one could get a hand on him.”
Junior CJ Jasper had the lone interception of the game, returning it 75 yards for a touchdown. Junior Jackson Kaye and senior Tyler Mclaren recovered 2 fumbles for Kayhi.
Kayhi will travel to Homer this weekend for their third conference game.

Football hosts Houston

Kayhi Kings football (3-0) will host the Houston Hawks (3-1) Friday at 6 p.m. Last weekend Kayhi defeated the Nikiski Bulldogs 54-24. With a victory against Houston, Kayhi will lead their conference.
“This will probably be the toughest game of the year,” senior Brandon Wieber said. “But I know that we can get it done.” 

Football defeats Nikiski

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer 

The Kayhi Kings football team continued their perfect season on Friday at Nikiski. The Kings defeated the Bulldogs 54-24 to improve their record to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2014. Nikiski dropped to 2-2 on the year. Kayhi is the lone undefeated team in the Peninsula Conference.
Senior quarterback Brendan Wong threw six touchdown passes in the game to lead the Kings. Wong finished the game 16-26 with 264 passing yards and also had 16 yards on the ground.
“Brendan had an amazing game,” senior wide receiver Crist Carlson said. “It was probably the most accurate and skilled game he’s played.”
Stevie Byron had the lone rushing touchdown of the game for Kayhi. Brendan Roof led the Kings in rushing with 51 yards on 10 carries.
“Stevie just gets on the goalline,” Junior Alex Malouf said. “And nobody can stop him.” Kayhi receivers CJ Jasper, Crist Carlson, and Brandon Wieber all caught touchdown passes from Wong. Carlson had three, Jasper had two, and Wieber had one. Jasper had 104 yards on six receptions to lead Kayhi in yardage. Carlson followed close behind with 93 yards on four receptions.
“Personally, I think our offense was the best it’s been in awhile,” Carlson said. “The wide receivers were dominating the entire game.”
The offensive line protected Wong, only allowing two sacks, and giving him plenty of time to throw.
“Our offensive line played amazing on Friday,” Senior Tarrant Sasser said. “We protected Wong and only allowed 2 sacks.”
The Kings forced the Bulldogs to five turnovers. Junior Brendan Roof and Sophomore Kylar Charles each had one interception.
Tarrant Sasser had 8 tackles and one sack. Chris Brown led the team in tackles with 20, while also recovering two fumbles.
“Chris was playing middle linebacker and they were running the ball up the middle,” Senior Brandon Wieber said. “He made a ton of great plays.”
Kayhi will take on Houston Friday at 6 p.m. at Esther Shea Field.   


Football to Nikiski

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

The Kayhi football team (2-0) is traveling to Nikiski (2-1). Friday at 5 p.m. the Kings will face the Nikiski Bulldogs. Last weekend Kayhi defeated Valdez 77-0. Nikiski beat Valdez earlier this season 48-28.
Kayhi is averaging 68 points per game, while Nikiski averages 27.5 points per game.
Senior Tarrant Sasser said they have grown together as a team.
“These past two wins have prepared our offense for a bigger challenge,” said Sasser. “Our offensive line has performed way better and is ready to give our quarter back Brenden Wong all the time he needs. As a whole we’ve been working together and preparing for this weekend.”