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Football Season Recap

Jaret Warstler
Staff Writer

Kayhi senior Kody Malouf and sophomore Tyler Traudt both had a great season. Traudt lead the state in solo tackles (59) and tackles total (89) in seven games played. Malouf lead the state in all receiving categories with 739 receiving yards, 21.7 average receiving yards, 34 catches, 56.1 receiving yards per game, and eight touchdowns.
With a figure to look up to his freshman year, Malouf said he’s accomplished what he wanted and got his moment.
“Connor Hicks was always somebody I looked up to, and what he did his senior year was incredible,” said Malouf. “He was obviously way better than me, but I knew going into this year, that I was way better than anybody at my position and it felt good to get my moment.”
Although there some Kayhi players were ranked #1 in the state for their positions, Kayhi Junior Chris Brown said he belives that the rest of the team didn’t play to their full potential.
“This season didn’t reflect the skills that the team has. The results were nowhere near our actual potential,” said Brown. “During the offseason, I will be working out a lot more than I did. As a team captain, I will be studying and doing everything the team needs to get better.”
Kayhi junior Stevie Byron felt good about every game and feels like they improved through the year.
“I feel like we were in every game until the second half came around. We improved a lot from game one to game eight,” said Byron. “I believe our team is a lot better than our record and better than the scores of our games. I’m excited for next season.”
Just like Brown, Byron is going to do everything he can during the offseason to prepare for next year.
“I am going to some college football camps in June,” said Byron. “Then before the season starts up again, I’ll do a lot of conditioning.”
Like anybody else would be, Malouf is sad about the end of his senior season. Football is something he loves and has been playing for his entire childhood.
“I’ve been playing football my entire life and every season I’ve had mixed emotions,” said Malouf. “So it is definitely sad to know that my career is over, but there is also a sense of relief that it is over and you did it, there is a good sense of finality.”

Football Hosts North Pole For Senior Night

Jaret Warstler
Staff Writer

The Kayhi football team (0-7, 0-2) will host North Pole (5-2, 1-1) tonight at 6 p.m. in the season finale.
The Kings will be recognizing four seniors: Dante Troina, Kody Malouf, Troy Harris, and Micah Eichner. Troina, Malouf and Eichner have all been three-year starters in their four year careers. Troina said he wants his last game to be memorable.
“I’m pretty excited to play them, they are a great group of guys,” said Troina. “[I’m] excited to see how the team is adjusting to the changes we made. I’m excited to be a senior, going to try some new things that I never tried before, try adding more fun into it.”

Weekend sports recap

The Kayhi football team  lost to Thunder Mountain 28-0 in Juneau on Friday. The Kings will conclude their season Wednesday night against North Pole.

Four boys and two girls qualified for State at the Region V Championship race on Saturday.
Girl qualifiers:
Morgan Elerding 7th (21:09)
Elizabeth Knight 8th (21:14)

Boys qualifiers:
John Coss                    5th (17:42)
Paul Almendinger   6th (17:52)
Leif Stephens             7th (17:52)
Phillip Smith              8th (17:54)






Kayhi Football Goes to Juneau

Ketchikan (0-6) will be traveling to Thunder Mountain (4-1) tomorrow, at 6 p.m. Last year at Thunder Mountain, the game never got completed due to Kayhi forfeiting. This time they are looking to change that. Junior Offensive Linemen Rhett Crowder, is excited about the upcoming game and believes that they have a chance of getting the win with some new ideas the team has.
“A lot of people are excited about it because they beat us recently, and I feel like we could win if we put in the effort,” said Crowder. “We have been working on defensive and offensive lines. Last game the offensive line wasn’t holding up good enough for the quarterback to have time to make a pass, and that is where we lost yardage.”

Kayhi Football Falls to Juneau at Home

Kayhi Kings (0-6) fell to Juneau-Douglas (3-2) 35-14 on their home turf last Friday. Trailing 14-0, senior Kody Malouf scored a touchdown with a 32 yard pass from quarterback Brendan Wong to make it 14-7 going into halftime.
“We were definitely fired up at the half, we really thought we were going to win,” said Malouf. “I feel like we played a good game, just a few mistakes in the second half cost us big.”
Juneau struck first in the third quarter, but Kayhi answered when Wong scrambled for another touchdown.
However, the Kings couldn’t keep up with Juneau’s pace as the Bears pulled away.
“Those little mistakes are easy to fix,” said Malouf. “So we just need to keep running plays in practice and try to clean up our play for Thunder Mountain next weekend.”
The Kings will travel to Juneau to play Thunder Mountain next Friday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

Kayhi Football Hosts JD

Kayhi Kings (0-5) will face Juneau-Douglas (2-2) tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Esther Shea Field. After Kayhi lost against Thunder Mountain 42-9 last weekend, they are looking to redeem themselves. This will be Kayhi’s second chance to  defeat Juneau.
Tight end Brandon Weiber believes this is their biggest chance for a W. They’re going to do all they can to get a win.
“It’s definitely a big game. Probably the best chance and last to be able to beat them so we’re praying and hoping for the best,” said Weiber. “We’re gonna use some new plays. Move the ball around more. Give it to the people open and switch it up from pass to run to pass to run.”


Ketchikan (0-5) lost 42-9 against Thunder Mountain (3-1) at home last Friday. In the first quarter Ketchikan’s running back Jake Taylor scored a touchdown to give the Kings a 6-0 lead. In the second quarter the Kings started to fall and the Falcons gained the lead 14-6 and couldn’t come back.
Running back Jake Taylor was enthusiastic about the first half for the Kings.
“We did super good in the first half because we had the momentum, and then in the second half we just gave them the game,” Taylor said. “Our defense was stopping them in the first half super well and our offense was marching ,but in the second half our offense went nowhere and our defense gave up easy touchdowns.”
Ketchikan will have a game on Friday September 15th at home against Juneau Douglas.