Whalers drop season opener to Homer
The Homer Mariners reeled off 20 unanswered points in the first 19 minutes of the second half on Saturday and then held on to claim a 26-14 come-from-behind victory over the Barrow Whalers on the blue turf at Cathy Parker Field.
The non-conference loss marked the 2017 season-opener for Barrow. Homer improved to 1-1.
Barrow drew first blood in the contest. The Whalers dominated the game on both sides of the line of scrimmage in the first 12 minutes.
They pushed the ball into the end zone midway through the first quarter and took a 6-0 cushion.
Homer managed to tie the game on the fifth play of the second quarter when running back Noah Fisk tallied the first of his three rushing touchdowns on a 20-yard run.
Barrow threatened to regain the lead later in the second. The Whalers drove to the Homer 9 before the Mariners managed to escape the threat by intercepting a pass in the end zone with 1:38 remaining in the half.
Ben Heather provided three big plays for Barrow during the threat. He reeled off runs of 14 , 13 and 15 yards, the last one coming on a 3rd-and-1 play that set the Whalers up with a first down at the HHS 9.
Homer began its offensive surge midway through the third by scoring on a 42-yard run by Fisk. His second TD put the Mariners up 12-6 with 6:20 left in the initial 12 minutes of the second half.
Homer tacked on a 25-yard scoring pass from Teddy Croft to Justin Sumption and a 30-yard scoring run by Fisk early in the fourth.
The Whalers are scheduled to return to action this weekend when they face Redington.