High school football kicks off in Alaska this weekend
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska is proudly the first state to kick off the high school football season across the U.S. in most years, and get to do the honors once again this fall.
The first varsity snap in the country will take place on Eielson Air Force Base Friday at 6 p.m. when the Kenai Kardinals visit the Eielson Ravens. That will spark a 13-game week one slate across the state.
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network released their preseason polls, with defending champions sitting atop their divisions.
ASBN DIVISION I PRESEASON POLL
1. East Anchorage
2. West Anchorage
ASBN DIVISION II/III PRESEASON POLL
2. Eagle River
WEEK 1 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|8/12 - 6pm||Kenai vs Eielson||Eielson|
|8/12 - 7pm||Lathrop vs West Anchorage||West Anchorage|
|8/12 - 7pm||Soldotna vs North Pole||North Pole|
|8/12 - 7pm||Service vs East Anchorage||East Anchorage|
|8/13 - 1pm||Chugiak vs West Valley||West Valley|
|8/13 - 1pm||Nikiski vs Barrow||Barrow|
|8/13 - 2pm||Juneau-Douglas vs Dimond||Dimond|
|8/13 - 7pm||Palmer vs Eagle River||Eagle River|
|8/13 - TBA||Valdez vs Seward||Seward|
Monroe Catholic, a Division III team in Fairbanks, is not expected to compete this season. The school has been crossed off of the 2022 schedule and was not made available to confirm the reason. Typically, the Rams field a team with the number of players in the teens, with most playing both offense and defense. Monroe advanced to the DIII state semifinals, where they fell to Houston 20-18.
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