The Kodiak High School football team has one of the best helmet designs in the country.
The Bears’ matte blue helmet was included in the “National Helmet Tournament,” a social media medium that decides the best-looking helmet in the country.
Kodiak advanced to the round of 64 before losing to the Arkansas Benton Panthers. Benton advanced to the round of 16, collecting 53.3% of 1,661 votes.
Coach Bryan Ellsworth was unaware his team were included in the range until the vote was over.
“Obviously we probably would have won if we had known,” he said. “I think the people of the city would have voted. ”
Kodiak had to win a few rounds even to do national support.
After Homer’s Helmet was deemed the Alaska State Champion, Kodiak defeated Chugiak, West Valley, and Eielson to seize Alaska’s main berth.
The Bears then took out the Trojans from Maine’s Mount Desert Island in a general team battle that secured a spot in the 67-team squad that was revealed on the National Helmet Tournament Twitter page on June 15.
Homer is still alive in the installment, advancing to the Sweet 16.
The 67-team squad included champions from 45 states – Oklahoma, Nevada, Mississippi, New Jersey and Connecticut not in the tournament – and 22 general offers.
“I don’t know how many high schools there are in America, but finishing in the top 64 is kind of nice,” Ellsworth said.
Third-year coach Ellsworth changed the look of Kodiak’s helmet for the 2019 season – matte blue with a Bear logo on either side and a tribal stripe down the middle.
Since becoming a college program in 2003, players have worn white helmets with a K logo on each side.
Ellsworth sent 60 white helmets to Riddell, who improved the lids.
“What sets it apart is the native tattoo band in the center, and the blue (face mask) on the blue (matte) is quite striking,” he said. “It screams the color rush.”