Rivalry will be renewed

Annual ‘Crosstown showdown’ set for Sept. 21 at the ‘Wolves’ Den’


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Chugiak and Eagle River players watch the coin toss before the teams’ game in 2012. This year’s game will be played Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at Eagle River High. Chugiak owns a 6-1 series advantage, with the Wolves’ lone win coming by forfeit in 2011.Last season, Chugiak edged Eagle River in a 13-7 thriller. The outcome was in question the entire game until Chugiak senior Matt Oldenkamp sealed the victory when he sacked Wolves’ quarterback Alani Collins deep in Mustangs territory in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.

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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.

Last season, Chugiak edged Eagle River in a 13-7 thriller. The outcome was in question the entire game until Chugiak’s Matt Oldenkamp sealed the victory with a sack of Wolves’ quarterback Alani Collins deep in Mustangs territory in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.

Chugiak senior Jake Brownlee said the series — which Chugiak dominated in lopsided fashion in its early years — has grown into a legitimate rivalry.

“We’re really excited about that game especially because it’s their homecoming game at their house, we really want to take it to ‘em,” he said.

Hosting Chugiak for their homecoming only adds to the game’s magnitude, Wolves junior Isaiah Banks said.

“This will make it two times bigger,” he said. “We can’t wait for that game.”

After a narrow escape in 2012, Chugiak senior lineman Ted Carlson said the Mustangs know full well how dangerous the Wolves can be.

“They want to get us just as bad as we want to get them,” Carlson said.

Earning the school’s first on-field football victory over Chugiak would be a lasting memory, said ERHS senior Collin Metzel.

“That win would be special,” he said.

With less than seven miles separating the two schools, Eagle River’s stadium is sure to be packed with fans from both sides. Everyone in the stands will be in for a great afternoon of football, Brewer said.

“It’s one of those games I’d like to be a fan,” he said. “It’s going to be a very intense ball game.”

Chugiak’s Brownlee agreed.

“The crosstown showdown is a lot of fun,” he said.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at mike.nesper@alaskastar.com or Matt Tunseth at matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com. Both can be reached at 694-2727.

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