South football pulls away from Chugiak
Chugiak was galloping toward victory in the third quarter of Friday night’s nonconference football game against South before stumbling down a disastrous home stretch at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
“We had that game won,” said Chugiak head coach Ryan Landers after watching his team surrender 27 points in the final 7:17 of a shocking 39-14 loss.
Chugiak got first-half touchdown runs from Tyler Huffer and Austin Harr to build a 14-12 lead going into the final quarter, where the Mustangs had the ball first-and-10 on the South 32-yard-line to start the frame. But South’s Jayden Heartwell intercepted Chugiak quarterback Quentin Wilson on the first play of the quarter, and from then on it was all Wolverines.
“The wheels fell off, and that’s not Chugiak football,” Landers said.
South capitalized on the turnover with an 11-play, 86-yard drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Carter Weber-Thomas, the first of three on the night for the powerful 5-foot-10 senior, who finished with a game-high 252 yards on 29 carries.
Chugiak punted on its next possession and two plays later found itself trailing 25-14 after Weber-Thomas ripped off a 45-yard touchdown run.
Wilson was picked off on the first play of the next drive, and six plays later Weber-Thomas was again celebrating, this time after a 23-yard run in which he broke several tackles to reach the goal line.
A little over a minute later, Jayden Heartwell returned Wilson’s fourth interception of the day for South’s final score.
Huffer finished with a team-high 72 hards on 14 carries for Chugiak, which got 52 rushing yards from Wilson. But the Mustangs were outgained 507-213 in total offense and turned the ball over six times.
South got a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Harmon to Quincy Heartwell in the first quarter and a 54-yard scoring run by Harmon in the third. The Wolverines overcame 147 penalty yards and four turnovers, including interceptions by Huffer, Logan Mathieu and Jaylen Giles and a forced fumble by Harr.
The good news for Mustangs fans is Chugiak has already qualified for the Division I state playoffs after finishing tied for first with a 3-1 record in the Chugach Conference.
“We’ve got to get back to work on Monday,” said Landers, whose team fell to 5-2 overall and suffered its second straight loss.
Chugiak plays Division II Eagle River in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. in Eagle River. The Wolves won last season’s meeting 34-21. Eagle River played at Soldotna on Saturday.
WOLVERINES 39, MUSTANGS 14
Friday, Sept. 27, 2019
Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium
South 6 0 6 27 — 39
Chugiak 0 7 7 0 — 14
Sou - Quincy Heartwell 13 pass from Jackson Harmon (kick failed), 2:45
Chu - Tyler Huffer 3 run (Josh Rolston kick), 9:13
Sou - Harmon 54 run (pass failed), 6:37
Chu - Austin Harr 1 run (Rolston kick), 2:33
Sou - Carter Weber-Thomas 3 run (No. 18 kick), 7:17
Sou - Weber-Thomas 45 run (kick blocked), 4:31
Sou - Weber-Thomas 23 run (No. 18 kick), 2:56
Sou - Jayden Hartwell 52 interception return (No. 18 kick), 1:46
First downs 12 20
Rushes-yards 41-148 44-387
Comp-att-int 7-14-4 11-17-3
Passing yards 65 119
Fumbles-lost 5-2 3-1
Punts-avg 3-41.3 3-33.3
Penalties-yards 6-30 16-147
Return yards 0 91
RUSHING — Chugiak: Tyler Huffer 14-72, Quentin Wilson 13-52, Grant Jones 6-18, Austin Harr 7-5, Logan Mathieu 1-1. South: Carter Weber-Thomas 29-252, Jackson Harmon 10-86, Quincy Heartwell 5-49.
PASSING — Chugiak: Wilson 6-13-4—61, Harvey Pullen 1-2-0—4. South: Harmon 11-17-3—119.
RECEIVING — Chugiak: Jacob Oshesky 3-43, Grant Jones 2-2, Huffer 1-18, Harr 1-0. South: Maddux Soland 3-32, Q. Heartwell 3-26, Elijah Bowdon 2-30, Jayden Heartwell 1-20, Sean Ormberg 1-9, Weber-Thomas 1-2.