Blood squirted from Travis Craig’s nose like water escaping a pinhole leak in a water balloon.
He got off easy.
Craig’s broken nose forced him out of Saturday’s Cook Inlet Conference bloodbath at Anchorage Football Stadium in the first quarter, leaving him safe from further punishment as Service handed the Mustangs a 42-6 loss that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated.
Chugiak and Eagle River each took big losses on Saturday night. The Mustangs fell 42-6 to Service at Anchorage Football Stadium, while the Wolves dropped a 48-21 decision to Bartlett at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.
Chugiak's loss dropped the Mustangs to 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference and overall. Eagle River fell to 0-2 in the CIC and 0-3 overall.
Chugiak continued its football dominance over Eagle River on Aug. 19, rallying for a 35-14 win at Chugiak.
“We knew we could come back and win it,” said Chugiak running back Justin Schneider, who finished with a game-high 175 rushing yards.
Schneider’s two-yard touchdown run with 4:42 left in the third quarter proved to be the game-winner. The big score came less than a minute after Eagle River grabbed its first second-half lead in the series on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Peter Kott to Kelechi Madubuko that made it 14-13 Wolves.
Duke University freshman Kelly Cobb, a 2011 Chugiak High graduate, is already making a name for herself at the NCAA Division I level.
Cobb, the 2011 Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year, has been named one of Soccer America’s top-10 influential freshman for 2011.
A 5-foot-9 forward from Peters Creek, Cobb scored 98 goals in just three seasons with the Mustangs before heading to Duke. She was a 2010 Parade All-American and is a member of the United States U-20 women’s national team.
Members of the winning football team walked off their home turf Friday night with sadness. Instead of the usual rush to meet adoring families and girlfriends and pals, the boys shuffled slow and quiet, some pausing in the shadows cast by empty bleachers to wipe their eyes and breathe.