The Homer Mariners were just two yards shy of winning a state title Saturday. The team faced Barrow in the First National Bowl Series Division III championship in Palmer, losing 14-20.
Homer marched about 75 yards down the field for their final drive, but the Whalers stopped Homer’s offense just shy of the end zone, ending the Mariners and Head Coach Walter Love’s 7-2 season.
Loves said there were plenty of mistakes made throughout the game, notably the boys’ lack of urgency during the final drive. He explained the team continued to huddle after the two-minute warming.