The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

'Hawks capture league crown


October 6, 2016 | View PDF

The Seward High School Seahawks etched their names deep into the school’s football history this past weekend. Real, real deep.

The Seahawks claimed the program’s first-ever Peninsula Conference championship on Saturday afternoon by grinding out a 22-8 victory over the Nikiski Bulldogs in front of a large home crowd. With the win, the Seahawks posted a 4-0 record in conference play.

Nick Woodard, Nik Pahno, Michael Wilps and Rhett Sieverts all played huge roles in Seward’s win over the defending conference champion. Woodard rushed for a touchdown and also intercepted a pass. Pahno tossed TD passes to Wilps and Sieverts.

The team’s win had major playoff implications for the Seahawks. The team, by virtue of its first-place finish in the the conference race, will advance to the small school state semifinals this week to face the runner-up team from the Aurora Conference, the Houston Hawks. The two teams will face off on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. in Seward.

The Seahawks head into the postseason as one of Alaska’s hot teams. Seward, now 5-3 overall, has won its last five games. Over the last three weeks, the team has allowed opposing offenses just three touchdowns.

Houston comes into the postseason at 6-2, with their only losses coming to Kodiak (14-0) and Eielson (27-21).

Seward and Houston have faced three common opponents this season, including Eielson, Valdez and Redington. Both teams suffered tough losses to Eielson earlier in the year. Seward fell to the Aurora Conference champions, 55-2, on Aug. 2. Eielson defeated Houston, 27-21, on Sept. 9.

Seward and Houston both defeated Valdez and Redington.


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