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Kings record first win, look toward Nikiski
Ketchikan High School senior AJ Malouf runs a play past Barrow High School junior Robert Leavitt (50) on Aug. 16 at Esther Shea Field. Malouf started at quarterback, in place of the injured Patrick Garcia, on Saturday in the Kings’ 34-6 win over the Seward High School Seahawks. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The weather might not have been favorable for a football game on Saturday in Seward. But the rainy skies might have played right into the hands of the  Ketchikan High School Kings.

The Kings felt at home on the drizzly day, and recorded their first win of the season on Saturday — a 34-6 shellacking of the Seward High School Seahawks.

And backup quarterback AJ Malouf gave the Kings a boost, in place of the injured Patrick Garcia.

“With Malouf at quarterback, you get a different style of play,” Ketchikan head coach Ryan Varela said during Monday’s practice. “Him and Patty are still pretty mobile, still pretty agile. Malouf brings the experience — that improv ability to the game. ... On a wet day, we were still able to pass, and run the ball just like we wanted to.”

Defensively, the Kings were able to zero in on Seward’s quarterback, and take advantage of the Seahawks’ miscues.

“Their quarterback is really solid, real quick,” Varela said. “He was our main focus going in.”

 But the Kings held their ground.

“The first half was exactly what we thought of ourself, as a team,” he said. “Defensively, we read our guys, and kept our assignments, forced some turnovers — forced some bad plays on their part. And then we capitalized on some bad plays on their part.”

The Seahawks scored their lone touchdown via an explosive play.

“I mean, any team, those are going to happen,” Varela said.

But the Kings regrouped to victory.

“As a whole, we clicked,” Varela said.

Ketchikan hosts Nikiski

The Kings will host the Nikiski Bulldogs on Friday at Esther Shea Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Nikiski (0-3) was shut out against Barrow High School on Saturday, 14-0.

 The Kings enter week five tied for the top spot in the Aurora Conference. Saturday’s win over Seward was Ketchikan’s first conference game of the season.

Injury report

Patrick Garcia was in full pads during practice on Monday at Esther Shea Field. But the Kings’ starting center Dylan O’Bryan was unable to fully participate. O’Bryan was injured during Saturday’s game against Seward, and will be unavailable against Nikiski on Friday.