Chugiak players and coaches had no say in the far-flung venue choice for the team’s season opener, but the Mustangs can guarantee themselves a home game in the season finale. All they’ve gotta do is win.
There will be plenty of familiar faces roaming the sidelines in Mustang country this season.
After three years under Kenny Ray’s direction, Eagle River’s varsity football team will be led by first-year head coach Jason Brewer.
Jason Brewer isn’t the only new addition to the 2012 Eagle River High football program.
Although a trip to the Interior might seem like something better left to tourists this time of year, Chugiak head coach Duncan Shackelford said he prefers to look at the bright side of the team’s Week 1 road trip to non-conference foe West Valley.
Eagle River opens the 2012 prep football season against last year’s ASAA Large Schools state football runner-up South High.
Chugiak Post 33 was four outs away from winning its seventh state title, but Kenai Post 20 wouldn’t settle for second.
Eagle River nearly pulled off its second upset over top-seeded Kenai Post 20, but the Twins had other plans.
As the school with the smallest enrollment in the Cook Inlet Conference, Eagle River High’s football program is used be being outnumbered on the sidelines at most, if not all, games.
What’s done is done. After one of the most frustrating, heartbreaking seasons in team history, the Chugiak Mustangs would just as soon put the blinders on when it comes to the 2011 campaign.