Stars hand playoff-bound Wolves worst loss in program history

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 09:33

Soldotna ran wild against Eagle River on Saturday, racking up 10 first-half touchdowns en route to an 81-7 Northern Lights Conference win at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

The loss was the worst in Eagle River program history, eclipsing a 70-0 loss to South in 2006, the team’s first season of varsity play. However, the tough day came with a silver lining as the Wolves clinched a playoff berth with a Kodiak win over Kenai Central.

Soldotna ran for 447 yards on 26 carries and scored touchdowns on 30 percent of their offensive plays. The No. 1 ranked Division II team also scored twice on defense and returned a punt for a touchdown as they improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the NLC. The Stars face Kenai (1-5 overall, 0-2 NLC) next week in the final game of the regular season.

Andrew Hamilton ran for 63 yards on 19 carries and scored Eagle River’s lone touchdown, a 3-yard run with 1:53 left in the game.

Eagle River (4-3 overall, 2-1 NLC) wraps its regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday at home against nonconference Chugiak in the “Battle of the Bridge” game. The Mustangs (5-2 overall, 3-1 Chugach Conference) will be the only Division I team the Wolves face this season.

STARS 81, WOLVES 7

Eagle River 0 0 0 7 —7

Soldotna 35 34 6 6 —81

1st quarter

Sol — Medcoff 82 run (Truesdell kick), 11:24

Sol — Faletoi 40 run (Truesdell kick), 10:02

Sol — Medcoff 52 punt return (Truesdell kick), 8:28

Sol — Metcalf 33 run (Truesdell kick), 4:14

Sol — Metcalf 20 pass from Truesdell (Truesdell kick), 1:17

2nd quarter

Sol — Medcoff 4 run (Truesdell Kick), 9:42

Sol — Hanson 2 pass from Truesdell (Truesdell kick), 7:23

Sol — Morrison 40 Interception return (Truesdell kick), 6:28

Sol — Zeigler 8 fumble return (Truesdell kick), 4:07

Sol — Brantley 29 run (knee), 2:13

3rd quarter

Sol — Mellon 5 run (knee), 3:49

4th quarter

Sol — Mellon 51 run (knee), 11:09

ER — Hamilton 3 run (Hamilton kick), 1:53

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing — Soldotna: Medcoff 3-101, Brantley III 3-88, Truesdell 3-70, Mellon 5-68, Metcalf 2-53, Faletoi 2-47, Taylor 4-17, J. Spies 1-7, Aley 2-(-1), T. Johnson 1-(-3). Eagle River: Hamilton 19-63, Reaves 8-22, Simon 10-14, Davis 9-10, Tripp 3-1, Guderian 7-(-4).

Passing — Soldotna: Truesdell 3-4-0—51. Eagle River: Guderian 3-8-2—40.

Receiving — Soldotna: Brantley 1-29, Metcalf 1-20, Hanson 1-2. Eagle River: Flagg 1-1, Davis 1-16, Tripp 1-23.

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