ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Heading into the third week of the Alaska Prep Football season and two of the state’s top programs will meet Friday for the KTUU Tailgate Tour Game of the Week. It will be West High School hosting Bartlett High School on August 24th at 7:00 p.m.
The Golden Bears head into week three as the top team in the Alaska Sports Broadcasters Division I poll while the Eagles sit in second. Friday’s game will also be a rematch of last year’s state championship game which Bartlett won in comeback fashion 40-33. The Golden Bears have won their past two games against West dating back to last season.
Neither team shows signs of slowing down. West defeated Soldotna, 18-13, on a game winning touchdown from Quarterback Bubba Mendoza. In week two, the Eagles would not need Mendoza’s heroics, defeating Juneau Unified 55-9.
The Golden Bears began the season with a trip to Hawaii, but it was all business for Bartlett, defeating Baldwin High School of Maui 74-55. In week two, the Bears beat South High School 60-27 after a slow start to begin the game.
This week’s match-up will also be a contrast of styles since Bartlett is known for their run game with multiple backs already running for over a hundred yards this season. Most notably Senior Hunter Cargill who ran for over 1,000 yards in 2017. West is known for their air attack led by quarterback Bubba Mendoza who is making the switch from wide receiver in 2017.
Make sure to follow KTUU Sports' coverage all week on the Late Edition as this week’s game of the week approaches.
ASBN Week 3 Poll
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network gave Bartlett and Lathrop number one nods in this week’s prep football poll.
For the most part, the Division I poll will have a chance to work itself out over the course of the season. Both Bartlett and West will face East later in the year.
While the Division II/III looks to have a handful of contenders outside of Soldotna for the first time in years. Lathrop routed Dimond last weekend 53-16. The Malamutes remain undefeated, but will have a big road test this weekend kicking off against Soldoltna.
Div. I Poll
Div. II/III Poll
2. West Valley
3. Eagle River
Week 3 Schedule
Bartlett vs. West 7:00 PM West High School (KTUU Tailgate Tour Game of the Week)
Dimond vs. Colony 7:00 PM Colony High School
Wasilla vs. Service 7:00 PM Service High School
Chugiak vs. West Valley 7:00 PM West Valley High School
Soldotna vs. Lathrop 8:00 PM Soldotna High School
Kodiak vs. Eagle River 2:00 PM Eagle River High School
South vs. North Pole 7:00 PM North Pole High School
East vs. Juneau Unified 2:00 PM Juneau