Wolves drop final game 42-0 to South

Loss leaves Eagle River 1-7 for second straight season



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Eagle River's Danton Evilsizer looks for running room during the Wolves' 42-0 loss to South on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

Photo by Carl Auer

Eagle River never could get anything going Saturday, falling 42-0 to South in their Cook Inlet Conference football season finale.

"We just came out flat," said senior running back Malcolm Bell.

South scored 23 points in the first quarter to quickly quash any hopes of a season-ending upset.

The Wolves will lose 13 seniors from this season's team, which finished 1-7 overall and 1-6 in the CIC. Eagle River's lone win this season came when Chugiak had to forfeit its victory (a 35-14 win on Aug. 19) due to the use of an ineligible player.

Sophomore quarterback Peter Kott said the team needs to spend more time working in the offseason if it wants to make the jump from also-ran to contender.

"We need to go out and get it," Kott said.

Eagle River turned the ball over eight times, including five fumbles and three interceptions.

Kott finished with 103 yards passing and 47 rushing. He led the team in both categories this season, finishing with 876 passing yards and 359 on the ground.

Kelechi Madubuko caught four of Kott's passes for 69 yards. Madubuko, who was a first-team CIC quarterback and kick returner last season, finished with 10 total touchdowns this season. After being moved to wide receiver this season to make room for the emerging Kott, the versatile Madubuko caught 25 passes for 538 yards and six scores in eight games as a wideout. He also returned three kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns this season to cement his reputation as the conference's most dangerous return threat.

South 23 10 7 3 -- 43
Eagle River 0 0 0 0 -- 0
First Quarter
South -- Hopp 30 run (Toomey kick), 9:55
South -- Erickson 33 pass from Lujan (Augafa run), 9:44.
South -- Whitinger 5 run (Augafa run), 3:09.
Second Quarter
South -- Toomey 40 field goal, 2:44
South -- Toomey 25 pass from Lujan (Toomey kick), :15
Third Quarter
South -- Whitinger 3 run (Toomey kick), 8:15.
Fourth Quarter
South -- Toomey 20 field goal, 3:47

                                      South     Eagle River
First downs                        23           8
Rushes-yards                44-272      22-67
Passing yards                  197          103
Return yards                    10             30
Passes                         14-22-0     12-23-3
Punts                              2-36.0      1-50.0
Fumbles-lost                     5-3           5-5
Penalties-yards               6-40          1-10
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING -- South: Hopp 8-71; Esplin 4-53; Wilson 6-40; Taha 4-34; Schleusner 7-31; Steele 3-16; Lujan 2-14; Toomey 2-12; Whitinger 2-8; Aufaga 1-6; Erickson 5-(-13). Eagle River: Kott 9-47; Bell 7-12; K. Madubuko 2-4; Gonzales 2-3; Hall 2-1.
PASSING -- South: Lujan 14-22-0--197. Eagle River: Kott 12-21-3--103.
RECEIVING -- South: Toomey 3-48; Page 2-22; Erickson 1-33; Brown 1-20; Steele 1-16; Alston 1-15; Silsby 1-14; Krolick 1-12; Wilson 1-10; Hopp 1-5; ;Esplin 1-3. Eagle River: K. Madubuko 4-69; Evilsizer 3-11; Bell 2-5; Hall 1-10; Duxbury 1-8; Stone 1-0.

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