Mustangs end lackluster campaign with a loss
Eagles use dominant defense to dash Chugiak’s playoff dreams
Chugiak’s Elyse Perez runs to the end zone at the end of a 20-yard touchdown reception during Chugiak’s 28-14 loss to West in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs at Dimond Alumni Field on Oct. 11.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Things just never got on track for the Chugiak flag football team, whose season ended in disappointment following a 28-14 loss to West in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
“It’s a bit indicative of our year,” said Chugiak coach Jon Schroeder, whose team finished the season 7-8.
Chugiak had flashes of brilliance this season — the Mustangs thrashed West 33-0 in their previous meeting — but Schroeder said his squad never managed to reach its full potential on a regular basis.
“I have not been able to put my finger on it,” he said.
Chugiak led the Eagles 14-7 at halftime after getting a 93-yard touchdown pass from Jessi McMullen to Kenzie Matthis and a 20-yard scoring pass from McMullen to Elyse Perez. Both touchdown passes were impressive, with Matthis using her superior speed to pull away from the defense and Perez hauling in a tough catch near the goal line.
But West’s defense took over in the second half as the Eagles scored twice on interception returns to pull away.
Schroeder said he’s losing 18 seniors, meaning next year’s team will again be searching for an identity.
“Next year will be a little bit like this year was,” Schroeder said.
Matthis, a junior, said a big part of improving next season will be getting all the team’s players on the same page early in the season.
“We need to gel more as a team,” she said.
But to do that, she said players will have to find time to work on their football skills — something not easily accomplished when players have other obligations like basketball, track, softball and soccer.
“I guess we’ll just have to get together and pass the ball, try to keep our minds on football,” she said.
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