2014 Alaska High School Football Season – Key Dates & more

by Jeff Fisher

With only 30 schools playing 11-man football, Alaska is the smallest state in the nation when it comes to the sport.

While the Last Frontier State isn’t chock-full of recruits year-in and year-out, it has produced nine NFL players with former Denver Bronco and Washington Redskin turned ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth being the most recognizable name of the nine from Alaska. This year not one player has received a star-ranking from 247sports.com.

For those of you wondering, Schlereth played his high school football at Service High School before moving to play college football at the University of Idaho.  Schlereth was drafted in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL draft by the Redskins.  He went on to a a 12-year NFL career during which he was named a an All-Pro guard once and won three Super Bowls – two with the Broncos and one with the Redskins.

Schlereth’s alma mater, Service High, finished runner-up in the state’s Big School classification last year, losing to West High in Anchorage 28-16.

Over the last ten years, Service has been won two Big School titles (2008 and 2011) to go along with three runner-up finished an a 60-36-1 record.

Soldotna is the Medium School defending champs coming into the 2014 season after closing out the 2013 season with a 56-49 win over Juneau-Douglas in the championship game. The Stars, who are 88-13 in the last ten years, has won eight state titles in the past decade.  The Stars’ 88 wins in the last ten years is the most by an Alaskan school, Juneau-Douglas is second with 73 wins over the last ten years.

In the Small School division, Nikiski is the defending champ after a 36-28 win over Monroe Catholic. The Bulldogs have appeared in three straight championship games, winning the titles in 2011 and 2013.

2013 Alaska State Champs

Big School – West

Medium School – Soldotna

Small School – Nikiski

Key Dates

st day of practice – August 4th

1st day for games – August 21st

Playoffs begin – November 7th

State Championships – December 4th & 5th

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1st Day of practice – August 4th

1st Day of games – August 15th

Playoffs begin – October 10th & 11th

State Championships – Small School, October 18th; Big School & Small School October 25th

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.