Chugiak falls to 0-5 after losses on and off the gridiron
Chugiak football lost twice this week — once on the field, and once off.
On Wednesday, the Mustangs learned they’d have to forfeit what had been a 42-6 Chugach Conference win over Wasilla on Aug. 31 due to the use of an ineligible player. On Friday night, the Mustangs got more bad news when Bartlett steamrolled its way to a 73-13 Chugach win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
“It’s on me,” said first-year Chugiak head coach Ryan Landers of the Wasilla snafu, which resulted from the Mustangs using a kicker in too many quarters in one week.
Alaska School Activities Association rules say kickers can play in up to eight quarters of junior varsity, varsity and C-team action per week, but must only kick in four of those quarters. Landers said the Mustangs miscalculated the number of quarters the player had participated in during the week against Wasilla, which meant he was ineligible for the varsity contest.
“It was just something we missed,” he said.
The forfeit is not the first time an ineligible kicker has cost the Mustangs games. In 2011, Chugiak forfeited three wins because of the use of a kicker who was ruled ineligible to play in the Anchorage School District because he was enrolled in a Galena-based homeschool program.
Between the forfeit and Bartlett loss, Chugiak fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the Chugach. The Mustangs have two conference games left — next Saturday at Juneau/Thunder Mountain and Sept. 28 at Colony.
Landers said his team now finds itself needing a strong finish to earn one of the five-team conference’s four playoff bids.
“Our next two conference games are must wins,” he said.
Chugiak didn’t give up Friday night despite seeing any chance of victory disappear by the end of the first quarter of a rematch of last year’s Division I state semifinals. The Mustangs picked up two late scores, getting a pair of two-yard touchdown runs by Quentin Wilson late. Wilson’s third-quarter score was set up by a 59-yard run by Austin Harr, Chugiak’s longest play of the game.
Landers said the banged-up Mustangs (Chugiak was again without several key lineman as well as speedy running back Jeremiah Wilson) found themselves facing an uphill battle against the defending state champions.
“Bartlett’s a great football team,” he said.
Bartlett opened the game with an 80-yard touchdown run by Elijah Lear and never looked back, going up 27-0 after the first quarter on a 50-yard touchdown run by Demario Moore, a 5-yard score by Hunter Cargill, and a 1-yard plunge by Lear.
The flood continued as Michael Tosi hit Kristian Lauofo with a 16-yard touchdown pass in a second quarter that also saw the Golden Bears add a 23-yard touchdown run by Tosi and a 49-yarder by Lear that made it 48-0 at the half.
Cargill, Duane Chavis, Uriah Alenepi and Josh Siania added second-half touchdown runs for the Golden Bears, who improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Chugach Conference.
Bartlett finished with 573 total yards, including 521 rushing yards on 49 carries. Chugiak managed just 163 total yards — of which 59 came on Harr’s long run. Harr finished with a team-high 74 rushing yards on five carries for Chugiak, which also got five receptions for 45 yards from Jacob Oshesky.
Landers said he’s confident the Mustangs can rally. Although his team finds itself in a deep hole, he said Chugiak’s players have no intention of giving up.
“I can see it in their eyes,” he said.
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GOLDEN BEARS 73, MUSTANGS 13
Friday, Sept. 7
Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium
Bartlett 27 21 19 6 — 73
Chugiak 0 0 7 6 — 13
Bar - Lear 80 run (Lauofo kick), 11:48
Bar - Moore 50 run (kick failed), 7:59
Bar - Cargill 5 run (Lauofo kick), 4:39
Bar - Lear 1 run (Lauofo kick), 2:12
Bar - Lauofo 16 pass from Tosi (kick blocked), 11:00
Bar - Tosi 23 run (Lauofo kick), 5:46
Bar - Lear 49 run (Lauofo kick), 1:02
Bar - Cargill 6 run (Lauofo kick), 8:10
Bar - Chavis 10 run (Lauofo kick), 2:49
Bar - Alenepi 15 run (try failed), 2:00
Chu - Wilson 2 run (Sitz kick), 1:30
Bar - Siania 9 run (kick short), 6:02
Chu - Wilson 2 run (try failed), :51.7
First downs 24 12
Rushes-yds 49-521 24-97
Comp-att-int 3-3-0 8-19-1
Passing yards 52 66
Fumbles-lost 2-1 9-5
Penalties-yds 16-170 7-45
Punts-avg. 0-0.0 5-22.4
Return yards 30 0
RUSHING — Bartlett: Lear 7-179, Cargill 15-116, Moore 6-91, Siania 4-26, Gionson 2-24, Kiana 3-24, Alenepi 2-20, Tosi 3-20, Chavis 3-20, Harper 1-3, Andraschko 1-(-1), Karmun 1-(-1).
PASSING — Bartlett: Tosi 3-3-0—52. Chugiak: Wilson 8-19-1—66.
RECEIVING — Bartlett: Lauofo 2-32, Caragill 1-20. Chugiak: Oshesky 5-45, Watson 2-14, Carlson 1-7.