Anyone who pays attention to Chugiak High football knows Jake Brownlee and Kenny Pegues are two of the team’s leaders. On Friday, Aug. 23, they showed why. The seniors anticipated West’s final play of the game, which ended 14-7 in favor of Chugiak after Brownlee’s one-handed sack of Eagles quarterback Tyrone Davis on fourth down in overtime at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Holding a nine-point lead at halftime, head coach Jason Brewer challenged seniors Peter Kott and Ed Hall to cement Eagle River’s first win of the 2013 football season. Challenge met.
Jon Schroeder might not be running the Mustangs flag football program anymore, but the team is still benefitting from the groundwork laid by the longtime Chugiak coach. Of the 17 on varsity, 11 are seniors, including all eight returners. New coach Marilyn Campnell said the team’s experience makes her job a little easier.
Despite opening their season to perennial flag football powerhouse Dimond — which extended its winning streak to 18 games with a 48-0 shutout over Eagle River on Saturday, Aug. 24 — the Wolves are staying positive.
Last year, Jason Brewer brought a new team motto, “brotherhood,” to Eagle River High’s football program. One way he helped strengthen that bond was by holding a preseason sleepaway camp on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. The second-year head varsity head coach held the five-day camp again this year — and participation nearly doubled in size. Fifty-four kids were on base the first day of camp Monday, July 29, up from 28 last year.
Eagle River is getting its only nonconference game of the season out of the way early. The Wolves play at North Pole on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. The well-coached Patriots will serve as a measuring stick for the Wolves, head coach Jason Brewer said.
Chugiak opens its 2013 season with the same opponent as 2012. The Mustangs hope the similarities end there. “We definitely want to see what we can do with that West Valley game,” said Chugiak offensive lineman Ted Carlson. The nonconference tilt is set for Saturday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. at Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
In an eight-game season, no team can overlook any opponent. But Chugiak and Eagle River are already eyeing Week 6. “We circled that one on the schedule,” Wolves’ head coach Jason Brewer said. That’s when the crosstown rivals meet at ERHS on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. Chugiak owns a 6-1 record in their seven meetings, with the Wolves’ lone win coming via forfeit two years ago.