Chugiak captures flag football championship

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:36
Selden leads way to CIC title on offense, defense
  • Holding the championship trophy, Chugiak flag football head coach Marillyn Campnell is overcome with emotion and surrounded by her cheering team following their Cook Inlet Conference 12-7 win against Anchorage West High last Saturday, Oct. 15. Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star
  • Chugiak's Carson Head leaps for a pass during the Mustangs’ 12-7 win against West High in the Cook Inlet Conference championship game in Anchorage Saturday, Oct. 15. Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen
  • Mustang quarterback Chastity Shelden runs through the West Eagles' defense in the state championship game at West High Saturday, October 15, 2016. Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen
  • Cerina Bush, center, looks to her teammates following their Cook Inlet Conference championship 12-7 win against Anchorage West High last Saturday, Oct. 15. Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star
  • Chugiak's Eva Palmer sacks West quarterback Rebecca Syrup during the Mustangs’ 12-7 win against West High in the Cook Inlet Conference championship game in Anchorage Saturday, Oct. 15. Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen
  • The trophy is lifted following Chugiak’s Cook Inlet Conference championship 12-7 win against Anchorage West High last Saturday, Oct. 15. Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star

The Chugiak Mustangs came into the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs with a chip on their shoulders as the fifth seed picked to go out early and leave the heavy lifting to the rest of the contenders.

First, they dispatched the Service Cougars 27-12, then survived the Dimond Lynx 12-6.

In Saturday afternoon’s brisk and clear conditions, as the national anthem was played, the 42 players and five coaches of the host West High Eagles looked quite imposing on the home side of the field.

But the Mustangs were 18 strong with a coaching staff of one — Marilyn Campnell — and determined.

By halftime, with the score knotted at zero, it was obvious Chugiak wasn’t going away easily. Defense was holding the day, and the chilly air was making completions difficult for both sides.

Two touchdown runs, several drive-saving completions and a key interception on defense later, quarterback Chastity Selden had led her team to the promised land and a 12-7 victory for the CIC championship.

After the game, Selden commented on the second half and how the win came about.  “Our hearts, all of us coming together and being a team like we needed to be,” she said.

Campnell concurred after the celebration, where she was mobbed and cheered by her team.

“This is a great group of girls.  The defense is probably the I’ve seen in the eight years I’ve been at Chugiak.”

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