Chugiak got an 80-yard touchdown run from Chasity Horn, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit as East took a 20-7 Cook Inlet Conference flag football win over the Mustangs at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium on Wednesday.
Jessica Titzel had two touchdowns for the T-birds, who scored twice in the final two minutes of the first half. Chugiak’s next game is at South at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
After their second straight rout of a Division III opponent, the Eagle River Wolves football team will face their first major hurdle of the season Saturday, Aug. 25 when Northern Lights Conference foe Kodiak visits town for homecoming at the Wolves’ Den in Eagle River.
“This was just a step along the way,” said Eagle River head coach Bob Adkins after his team thrashed defending Alaska Division III champion Barrow 50-3 in a nonconference clash Saturday afternoon in Eagle River.
Two very different tales unfolded Friday as Chugiak and Eagle River got their 2018 high school football seasons underway.
In Houston, the Wolves broke things open in the second half to roll to a convincing nonconference win over the Hawks, while at Chugiak a young Mustangs squad found itself learning a brusing lesson against a determined East side.
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Division II Eagle River dominated Division III Houston at Houston High, turning an 8-0 halftime lead into a 42-12 blowout.
As the team’s fifth head coach since 2005, Bob Adkins knows much of his job is trying to grow tradition at a program that’s had precious little success over the years. It’s a challenge the UAF grad welcomes.
“You have to build a culture because when you build a culture the kids know what to expect,” he said.