Chugiak beats West 34-32
Emotional win lifts Mustangs to first "official" victory
Chugiak quarterback Jacob Wenzl runs for a gain during the Mustangs' 34-32 win over West on Friday Sept. 23 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Star photo by Matt Tunseth
Chugiak is back in the win column.
Just two days after getting word that their three previous victories would be wiped away due to the use of an ineligible player, the Chugiak Mustangs played their best game of the season in a 34-32 victory over West at Anchorage Football Stadium.
"I've never been prouder of a group of kids," Chugiak coach Duncan Shackelford said after his team improved to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference.
Justin Schneider ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead Chugiak, which also got touchdown runs from Jake Wenzl and Dane Prince and an 81-yard scoring pass from Prince to Tyler Rohde.
Rohde also had an interception and a fumble recovery for the Mustangs, who forced five West turnovers.
Eagles quarterback Conor Feckley threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles (4-3 overall, 3-3 CIC).
West led 20-13 at halftime, but Chugiak exploded for three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the second half to build a 34-20 lead. West nearly tied the game after a 1-yard plunge by Feckley with 5:09 to go, but the Eagles' subsequent conversion pass failed to connect.
Chugiak then ran the clock out behind Schneider, who had 61 yards on Chugiak's final drive.
Without a playoff spot to fight for, Schneider said Chugiak's players have elected to treat their final two games of the regular season as if they were post season contests.
"This was a playoff game for us," he said.
Next up for Chugiak is a season-ending clash with East on Saturday, Oct. 1 at noon at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Schneider said the Mustangs plan to treat that game like it's their state championship.
"We're not going to give up," he said.
MUSTANGS 34, EAGLES 32
Chugiak 0 13 21 0 — 34
West 0 20 0 12 — 32
West — Sailele 2 run (Troxel kick), 11:56
Chu — Rohde 81 reception from Prince (Wilson kick), 11:02
West — Feckley 8 run (Troxel kick), 7:47
Chu — Wenzl 1 run (kick blocked), 5:29
West — Brown 23 pass from Feckley (kick blocked), :22
Chu — Schneider 40 run (kick blocked), 10:55
Chu — Prince 23 run (Schneider run), 8:27
Chu — Schneider 2 run (Wilson kick), 6:16
West — Dion 14 pass from Feckley (kick blocked) 10:00
West — Feckley 1 run (pass failed), 5:09
First downs 19 18
Rushes-yards 45-241 24-151
Comp-att-int 9-20-3 21-37-2
Passing yards 174 280
Fumbles-lost 3-1 4-3
Punts-avg. 2-34.5 1-45.0
Penalties-yds 9-57 12-80
Return yards 0 139
Rushing — Chugiak: Schneider 17-138, Prince 14-41, Wenzl 8-36, Fitzhugh 6-26. West: Li. Tulimasealii 8-58, Sailele 8-56, Feckley 8-31, Dion 2-6.
Passing — Chugiak: Wenzl 8-16-2—93, Prince 1-4-1—81. West: Feckley 21-37-2—280.
Receiving — Chugiak: Craig 4-27, Snell 2-50, Prince 2-16, Rohde 1-81. West: Dion 8-116, Brown 6-100, Lawrence 6-50, Rut 1-14.