Mustangs trample Malemutes, prepare to gallop Outside
Chugiak football coach Roger Spackman is getting two homecomings this season.
Spackman — who grew up in Northern Utah — is rounding up his Mustangs and heading south to his old stomping grounds, where Chugiak will put its undefeated record up against the Green Canyon High, a first-year program in North Logan.
“It’s just going to be a good experience all around,” Spackman said after his team stomped Lathrop 61-13 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium to move to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Railbelt Conference.
In addition to playing Friday night’s game against the 1-2 Wolves, Spackman said the team will tour four college campuses and has a booked-up itinerary that includes practices, study times and team meals at some of his favorite restaurants. The Lewiston native said he wants the team to enjoy themselves and learn, but also stay focused on the task at hand.
“I need you to remember you’re going down there to play a football game,” he told the team.
Spackman spent much of his postgame talk Saturday talking about plans for the trip, which begins Tuesday night. There really wasn’t much to talk about regarding Chugiak’s play on the field Saturday, which was dominant.
Derryk Snell gained 300 yards from scrimmage and scored six touchdowns, and perhaps the only reason he didn’t score a half-dozen more is Spackman rested his superstar for most of the second half after Snell reeled off his final two scores in the first four minutes of the third quarter. The senior finished with 168 rushing yards on nine carries (three for touchdowns) and caught four passes for 132 yards and three more scores.
Chugiak outgained Lathrop 488-141, and most of the Malemutes’ yards came well after the game should have been declared a TKO. As it was, there was a running clock for the entire fourth quarter, and most of Chugiak’s starters spent long stretches cheering from the sidelines.
After fumbling the ball away twice in the first quarter, Chugiak got rolling when Snell busted loose on a 74-yard touchdown run with 4:40 left in the first quarter. The floodgates opened in the second quarter, with Snell catching a 23-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Harr, Tyler Carlos returning a fumble 40 yards for a score and Snell hauling in a pair of touchdown passes from Aaron Tomosoulo to make it 35-0.
Carlos also returned a fumble for a touchdown in last week’s Railbelt Conference opener against West Valley.
Lathrop (0-4 overall, 0-1 Railbelt) got a 25-yard touchdown run from Josh Hernandez just before the half to momentarily slow the bleeding, but four Chugiak touchdown runs in the third quarter — two by Snell and one each from Kenny Sisson and Chase Wedel — ended any hope the Malemutes might be revived. Lathrop tacked on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Jaden Littell to Zach Kosa during the mercifully shortened fourth quarter.
Ramal Maad had two interceptions for Chugiak, which has scored a defensive touchdown in three straight games.
At the midpoint of the regular season, Chugiak is undefeated, a virtual lock to make the playoffs and about to embark on a weeklong road trip. Life is good. But even though they’re rolling, the team’s star said the squad knows they can’t afford to let their early success go to their heads.
“We’re just focusing, that’s all we can do right now,” said Snell, who won last year’s state Offensive Player of the Year and now has 12 touchdowns in four games this season.
Snell said the key for Chugiak will be to stay grounded and realize there’s still lots and lots of work to be done.
“We can’t be cocky, we’ve just got to stay humble,” he said. “And keep doing what we’re doing.”
The best way to do that, he said, is to treat the upcoming road game as a chance to get better.
“It’s a business trip.”
MUSTANGS 61, MALEMUTES 13
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017
Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium, Chugiak
Lathrop 0 7 0 6 — 13
Chugiak 7 28 26 0 — 61
Chugiak – Snell 74 run (Peck kick), 4:40.
Chugiak – Snell 23 pass from H. Harr (Peck kick), 11:43.
Chugiak – Carlos 40 fumble return (Sitz kick), 11:38.
Chugiak – Snell 39 pass from Tomosoulo (Peck kick), 7:56.
Chugiak – Snell 71 pass from Tomosoulo (Sitz kick), 4:36.
Lathrop – Hernandez 25 run (Kosa kick), 2:06.
Chugiak – Snell 25 run (Peck kick failed), 10:35.
Chugiak – Snell 3 run (Sitz kick blocked), 8:37.
Chugiak – Sisson 7 run (Dearborn kick), 5:23.
Chugiak – Wedel 27 run (Dearborn kick), 4:03.
Lathrop – Kosa 62 pass from Littell (Littell pass failed), 7:22.
RUSHING – Lathrop: Wonser 9-43, Hernandez 9-27, Story 4-5, Little 2-3, Henderson 3-1, Anders 1-(-9), Kosa 1-(-6), team 2-(-15). Chugiak: Snell 9-168, Maad 4-31, Wedel 1-27, A. Harr 5-26, Sisson 4-24, Oshesky 1-23, Huffer 4-9, Tomosoulo 2-8, Harr 3-(-1), team 1-(-8).
PASSING – Lathrop: Littell 1-2-0—62, Hernandez 3-10-3—30. Chugiak: Tomosoulo 6-7-0—156, Harr 2-2-0—25.
RECEIVING – Lathrop: Kosa 2-74, Bockert 1-17, Anders 1-1. Chugiak: Wedel 1-22, Maad 3-27, Snell 4-132.