Soldotna Stars take 52-game winning streak
The fourth week of the high school football season finds the Soldotna Stars in a familiar place, the practice field. Three weeks in Alaska and three more victories.
"We're healthy, we managed to get through Cook Inlet teams and have everybody healthy, that's certainly a goal of ours," said head coach Galen Brantley, Jr.
The Stars prepare for their second road game of the year, but, they've left the 49th State for this one. They're scheduled to face Crater High School all the way down in Central Point, Oregon Friday night.
"It's a big opportunity for all of us, none of us, have had the opportunity to leave the state," said senior player Cody Quelland.
He and the Stars know Crater poses several challenges.
"They're twice our size, they've got some stellar athletes. Will be a very big challenge for us," Brantley, Jr. told KTVA Sports.
Another big hurdle is, Soldotna has not seen much of their opponents.
"We don't have a lot of game film on them, the weather is a little different, but it's nothing we can't adjust to and perform in," said Quelland.
If anyone can adjust, it's the Stars, as they ride into Oregon on a 52-game winning streak. This weekend, 53 is not the focus.
"We have no concerns, it's another game, it's a business trip," Brantley, Jr. said. "We beat teams 60 to 3, and we get chewed out in film more than in a 21 to zero game," added Quelland.
Soldotna has always prided itself with the "any one, any place mentality" when it comes to opponents. Now, they've added "anywhere" to the mantra.
However, a massive wildfire in Oregon could force the game to move 100 miles southwest, to the coast in Crescent City, California. Soldotna's athletics director told KTVA Sports, a final decision will be made Thursday afternoon.