ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska high school football season is down to 11 days and eight teams. The quarterfinals are complete, and it's time to start thinking about Round 2: the semifinals.
In the large schools quarterfinals, the upset bug was conspicuous by its absence. All four higher seeds prevailed over the weekend: West, Juneau, Colony and Service are moving on, West Valley, Chugiak, Dimond and Palmer are done for the year.
West started slowly, but recovered to beat a tough West Valley team 20-12. The Eagles improved to 9-0 on the season, and avoided a repeat of the 2009 season, when West entered the playoffs 8-0 only to be sent home in the first round by North Pole. The Eagles will meet Juneau in the large school semifinals. The Crimson Bears beat Chugiak 24-7 Saturday, avenging last season's first round playoff loss to the Mustangs.
Service won its eighth-straight game, knocking off Palmer 31-21 on Saturday. The Cougars' only loss of the season came in Week 1, 38-35 to West, but Service can’t get caught daydreaming about a rematch with the Eagles in the state title game. The Cougars will face Colony in the semifinals, and the Knights have won their last seven games, including a 27-14 victory over Dimond in Round 1 of the playoffs Friday night.