South trounces Eagle River in Week 1

Wolves host West on Saturday


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Eagle River’s Josh Oberlander fights his way through a pack of South High defenders Saturday, Aug. 11 at Anchorage Football Stadium. The Wolves lost their season-opener 68-6.

MIKE NESPER

First-year head coach Jason Brewer assumed all the blame for the 68-6 trouncing Eagle River suffered at the hands of South in the Wolves’ season-opening game Saturday, Aug. 11 at Anchorage Football Stadium.

“I didn’t prepare them well enough,” he said.

The Wolverines — last year’s ASAA Large Schools state runner-up — scored on six consecutive possessions to build a 34-6 lead in the second quarter. South increased that to 53-6 by halftime.

Eagle River’s lone score came on a 66-yard pass from Peter Kott to Jeavonte Dunn in the second quarter.

South dominated in all facets of the game.

Eagle River managed just seven rushing yards to South’s 348; the Wolverines had seven times as many first downs; and Eagle River turned the ball over four times while South lost one fumble.

“We ran into a great football team,” Brewer said.

Eagle River, which fell to 0-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference and overall, hosts West (0-1 overall, 0-0 in the CIC) on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

The Eagle River Lions Club is donating bleachers for the game, said ERHS principal Marty Lang. The 10 rows of aluminum bleachers the school is adding its field via a $130,000 grant from the Legislature should be assembled by the Wolves’ homecoming game against West Valley on Sept. 8, he said.

Brewer said no specific aspect of Eagle River’s game will be given more attention this week at practice. The Wolves need to focus on taking care of themselves, he said.

“We’re working on us,” Brewer said.

Eagle River will be an improved squad when they play just their second conference game at home in school history Saturday, Brewer said.

“We’re gonna get better every week,” he said.

Following the lopsided defeat against South, Brewer delivered a positive, forceful post-game message to his team.

“You are not losers. I am not a loser,” he said. “We’re on the verge of becoming a great football team.”

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

 

Wolverines 68, Wolves 6

ER           0    6     0    0 — 6

South    15   38   10   5 — 68

First quarter

South — Toomey 13 pass from Lujan (kick failed), 9:47

South — Settle 7 run (kick failed), 6:20

South — Toomey 22 field goal, 2:09

Second quarter

South — Williams 9 run (run failed), 10:59

South — Autry 10 run (kick blocked), 9:58

ER — Dunn 66 pass from Kott (kick blocked), 8:57

South — Paige 9 pass from Lujan (Toomey kick), 6:21

South — Williams 14 run (kick failed), 2:12

South — Alston 15 fumble return (Toomey kick), 1:59

South — Faagau 10 run (kick blocked), 0:28

Third quarter

South — Imlach 42 field goal, 5:13

South — A. West 36 run (Imlach kick), 0:00

Fourth quarter

South — safety, 9:11

South — Toomey 33 field goal, 2:51

                                     ER          South

First downs                      4               28

Rushes-yards             29-7        41-348

Passing yards               79             125

Comp-yds-int           4-79-1         7-13-0

Return yards                 74               65

Punts-avg               5-29.4            1-37

Fumbles-lost                6-3               1-1

Penalties-yds             6-45             7-90

 

Individual statistics

Rushing

ER: Kott 8-2, Collins 2-6, Eiler 9-(-19), Madubuko 1-1, Hall 2-1, Oberlander 3-3, Gorski 2-9, Stemper 2-4;

South: Williams 7-78, Autry 5-66, A. West 1-36, Faagau 4-42, Hoop 4-34, Alsworth 3-23, Loewe 5-15, Hoover 1-15, Settle 3-12, Augafa 1-10, Stephen 1-9, Lujan 3-0, Esplin 2-8.

 

Passing

ER: Kott 1-4-1 — 66, Eiler 3-4-0 — 13, Collins 0-1-0 — 0;

South: Lujan 7-13-0 — 125.

 

Receiving

ER: Dunn 2-67, Patin 1-0, Hall 1-12; South: Settle 3-45, Page 3-27,

Toomey 2-51.

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