Opportunistic and unrelenting, the Eagle River Wolves worked as a pack to grind out a 13-12 nonconference prep football win over Dimond Saturday at Eagle River High.
The Wolves forced five turnovers in the game, including an 18-yard Justice Townsend fumble return that proved to be the game winner and a late JT Adams interception that proved to be the game clincher.
“He overthrew it and I had to stick my hands out and it just fell into my lap,” Adams said.
Dimond’s intended receivers tried to strip the ball, but Adams went to the ground to seal the victory.
Chugiak sophomore Adrianna Proffitt edged Eagle River freshman Emily Walsh to claim the top finish among Chugiak-Eagle River runners at the Tsalteshi Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna.
Proffitt finished the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 58 seconds, on of six runners to finish the hilly layout in under 20 minutes. Walsh was five seconds behind in seventh place.
Chasity Horn scored four touchdowns and threw two more to lead Chugiak to a 46-0 high school flag football win over Eagle River on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at Eagle River.
Horn, a sophomore quarterback who helped the Mustangs to a Cook Inlet Conference championship last year, ran for three scores and returned an interception for a touchdown for Chugiak, which improved to 1-1. Eva Palmer caught both of Horn’s touchdown passes, and Carson Head scored on an interception return for the Mustangs.
Chugiak’s next game is at East on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Last year, Chugiak’s flag football team snuck up on the Cook Inlet Conference to claim the conference championship. This time around, the Mustangs know they’ll have to work even harder for a shot at the title.
“We all have the same goals and we all want to work really hard to get them,” said Carson Head, a senior who helped Chugiak win the 2016 CIC title despite a fifth-place regular season.
Kam Williams ran for 128 yards on 13 carries but he and the Eagle River Wolves couldn’t find the end zone in a 30-0 nonconference prep football loss to Wasilla Friday, Aug. 18 at Veterans Memorial Field in Wasilla.
Grant Burningham added 48 yards on 13 carries for Eagle River, which racked up 205 yards on the ground but wasn’t able to complete a pass on a rainy night across Southcentral Alaska.
There was plenty of good, bad and ugly to go around Friday night at Chugiak High — just not necessarily in equal proportions.
The good news for the Mustangs was they escaped Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium with a 20-7 nonconfefence football win over South. The bad news was the team could never seem to get out of its own way, committing several costly turnovers and turning what should have been a walkaway win into a nerve-wracker.
Eagle River opened the high school cross country running season by introducing some of its new recruits Friday, getting wins from transfer student Jacob Bradley and freshman Emily Walsh in a season-opening “Battle of the Bridge” dual meet against Chugiak at the Beach Lake Trails.
The Wolves took the top eight spots in the boys race, while Walsh held off a trio of Mustangs and teammate Claire Nelson in the girls’ top five spots.
Reigning Alaska Large Schools Offensive Player of the Year Derryk Snell picked up right were he left off Friday night, scoring a touchdown on his first touch of the season and finding the end zone twice more to lead Chugiak to a 20-6 nonconference high school football win over East at East High.
After forcing East to punt on its first possession, the Mustangs needed just six plays to cover 46 yards on their opening drive, taking a 7-0 lead on Snell’s 12-yard burst to the outside.
Lessons can be learned both on and off the field. On a recent trip to the Kenai Peninsula, the Chugiak Mustangs got a chance to do both.
A scrimmage against the defending Medium Schools division champion Soldotna Stars provided the humbling lesson on the turf, while the bus trip to the Central Peninsula gave the team a chance to learn a bit more about each other.
“I think it was a great experience for our team bonding,” said senior Ian Stover, one of a large group of Chugiak players who have come up through the youth and high school ranks together.