Mustangs maul Knights to improve to 4-0
Payback is a blast. Just ask the Chugiak Mustangs, who scored on offense, defense and special teams Saturday to clobber Colony 38-12 and remain undefeated at a rainy Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.
“It feels great, especially bouncing back from last year,” said Chugiak’s Kody Carlson, who made big plays on offense and defense as the Mustangs knocked off their second straight Chugach Conference opponent.
Tyler Huffer scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Mustangs, who were walloped 51-0 by the Knights last season in Palmer. Grant Jones had a game-high 109 rushing yards on just six carries for Chugiak, which piled up 355 yards of offense.
Four games into last year, the Mustangs were 0-4 and on their way to a one-win season. But everything has changed this year as the team has outscored its oppenents 154-34 and entered Saturday ranked No. 4 in the statewide coaches’ poll.
“We’re all just so focused and we’re playing well together,” Carlson said.
Carlson returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown to put an exclamation point on an explosive first half for the Mustangs, who led 24-0 at the break. Josh Rolston blasted a 47-yard field goal in the half, which also featured a 1-yard touchdown plunge by quarterback Quentin Wilson one play after a 77-yard sprint by Jones.
Colony used a hook-and-ladder to Ridge Raval on the first play of the second half to cut the lead to 24-6, but that was as close as the Knights (1-3 overall, 0-1 Chugach) would get as Chugiak got second-half touchdown runs from Huffer and Austin Harr.
Colony’s only other score came on defense, a 38-yard Hunter Sasser fumble return with 6:50 to play in the game. Raval had 176 of Colony’s 255 yards on offense, finishing with a game-high 94 receiving yards and a team-best 84 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Mustangs coach Ryan Landers said his team is getting production from multiple players on both sides of the ball.
“You can’t single just one guy out,” he said.
Chugiak plays at Wasilla on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The Warriors lost to Juneau 63-0 on Friday. Landers said his focus is on getting the team to continue improving each week.
“We’ve just got to go back to work on Monday,” he said.
Landers said his primary focus in the coming week will be making sure his team continues to focus on itself rather than worrying about what the rankings show or how well other teams have been playing.
“We talk about it a lot,” he said. “We can’t worry about that other stuff, let’s just take care of our business.”
So far, business is good.
MUSTANGS 38, KNIGHTS 12
Chugiak 14 10 7 7 — 38
Colony 0 0 6 6 — 12
Chu - Tyler Huffer 33 run (Josh Rolston kick), 9:55
Chu - Quentin Wilson 1 run (Rolston kick), 4:43
Chu - Rolston 47 field goal, 10:28
Chu - Kody Carlson 62 yard interception return (Rolston kick), :00
Col - Ridge Raval 80 pass from Ben Alley (pass failed), 11:44
Chu - Huffer 5 run (Rolson kick), 3:10
Col - Hunter Sasser 38 yard fumble return (pass failed), 6:50
Chu - Austin Harr 2 run (Rolston kick), 1:35
First downs 14 12
Rushes-yards 37-267 38-140
Comp-att-int 6-10-1 9-15-1
Passing yards 115 115
Penalties-yds 10-90 5-45
Return yards 62 62
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-0
Punts-avg. 2-29.0 4-32.0
Rushing — Chugiak: Grant Jones 6-109, Tyler Huffer 14-72, Quentin Wilson 10-58, Austin Harr 7-28. Colony: Ridge Raval 15-82, Xander Freeman 4-28, No. 45 1-1, Michael Bradley 4-16, Aidan Ehmann 3-9, Ryan Murphy 5-0, Dominic Freeman 1-(-1), Ben Alley 5-(-12).
Passing — Chugiak: Wilson 6-10-1—115. Colony: Alley 6-11-1—115, Freeman 1-1-0—1, Murphy 2-3-0—(-1).
Receiving — Chugiak: Harr 2-31, Huffer 2-18, Kody Carlson 1-35, Josh Rolston 1-31. Colony: Raval 6-94, Bradley 1-11, No2 1-9, Murphy 1-1.