The Kodiak Bears faced a strong Kenai defense in an early Saturday game, and gave up the ball five times, leading directly to three scores by the Kardinals.
Kenai downed Kodiak at Joe Floyd Field 46-18 for their first win of the season.
The Bears are now 2-and-1 over all, and 1-and-1 in the Northern Lights Conference. They will host the powerhouse Soldotna Stars next week.
Meanwhile Kodiak’s runners were on the mainland at the Bartlett Invite. The Bears were led by junior Keith Osowski, who placed fifth with a time of 16 minutes, 18.7 seconds. Overall, Kodiak had four runners in the top 22.
Michael Parnell was 10th, Jack Hannah was 12th and Richie McKinney was 22nd, all of them within a minute of Osowski.
West Anchorage won the meet with 73 points, followed by South Anchorage with 107, Kodiak’s 109, Chugiak’s 141, and Service’s 158, which was good for fifth.
The Kodiak girls were 8th, led by Zoe Bigley in 18th, with a time of 20 minutes 19 seconds.
Chugiak won the meet with 64 points, followed by West, Colony, Kenai and Service. Kodiak had 227 points.