Six-time champion Soldotna saw its 59 game win streak come to an end on the final play of the game Friday night. Anchorage West High School beat the Stars 18-13 when Bubba Mendoza scored on a one-yard touchdown run on the final play of the game.
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The winning touchdown capped at 93-yard drive for West, which began after Soldotna fumbled inside the West 10-yard line.
Soldotna, who entered the season with the second longest active streak in the nation, hadn’t lost a game since the 2012 season opener against Palmer.
After the game, Soldotna head coach Galen Brantley, Jr. told Radio Kenai, “The streak going away, it was fun to hang on while it was there, but there’s no blame. We win together and we lose together. It just so happens these guys have never lost.”
In other Alaska opening night games:
— West Valley also won on the final play. Quarterback Maurice Maiden’s 34-yard pass to Avery Weston gave WV a 40-35 win over Service.
— East’s Kalani Medeiros ran for four touchdowns in 47-0 shutout of Chugiak.
— Colony scored 15 fourth quarter points to top South 27-26.
— Ryan Adkins rushed for three scores in Eagle River’s 42-12 win over Houston Catholic.
Kodiak 36 Homer 6
Ketchikan 49 Redington 14