Chugiak gets some home cookin’
Mustangs rout visiting Knights to go to 3-2
Chugiak quarterback Jacob Wenzl hands off to running back Wayde Snell during the Mustangs’ 35-7 win over Colony on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. Snell and Wenzl each ran for Chugiak touchdowns to help the Mustangs improve to 3-2 on the season.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Chugiak snapped a two-game losing streak with a 35-7 Homecoming win over Colony Saturday, Sept. 10 in a non-conference football game at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
“This is really a confidence booster for us,” said Chugiak lineman Kody Trombley.
Now the real work begins. Chugiak’s final three games are against conference opponents, and Trombley said nothing short of a sweep is needed to secure one of the Cook Inlet Conference’s four playoff berths.
“We have to run the table or we can kiss our playoff hopes goodbye,” Trombley said.
Justin Schneider ran for 134 yards two touchdowns against Colony and Jacob Wenzl, Dylan Timberlake and Wayde Snell had one score each for the Mustangs, who built a 35-0 lead early in the third quarter and cruised over the 0-5 Knights.
Chugiak (2-2 CIC, 3-2 overall) scored twice in the first quarter, getting touchdown runs from Timberlake and Wenzl.
Schneider scored with less than a second left in the second quarter to make it 21-0 at the half.
Schneider said Chugiak had its best week of practice in the days leading up to the Colony game.
“It was a great week of practice — very intense,” Schneider said.
Colony turned the ball over on the first offensive play of the second half, and Schneider went in from 20 yards out on the next play to make it 28-0.
Colony fumbled the ball away two plays into its next drive, and three plays later Snell went in from a yard out to make it 35-0.
The Knights finally got on the scoreboard midway through the third quarter with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Rob Lorentz to Antonio Bush.
Chugiak head coach Duncan Shackelford said his staff put Chugiak through an unusually strenuous week of practice leading up the the Colony game.
“Last week (a 35-13 loss to Bartlett) there was no intensity,” he said. “Bartlett made us look bad. That’s not the team we have, so we wanted them to take it personally.”
Wenzl finished with 70 yards rushing for Chugiak and completed two of the three passes he attempted as Shackelford elected to keep the ball on the ground. The Mustangs racked up 342 yards rushing on positive yardage by 10 different players.
Next up for Chugiak is a Saturday, Sept. 17 clash against Dimond (1-3 CIC, 2-3 overall) at 7 p.m. at Chugiak for the team’s final home game of the regular season.
The Mustangs enter their final three games tied for third with three other teams (Bartlett, East and West) at 2-2 in the CIC. Chugiak already lost to Bartlett, but the Mustangs sill have the T-Birds and and Eagles on the schedule.
Schneider said he thinks the team is more than capable of putting together a late-season charge.
“If we can play like we can play and don’t make mistakes we can win,” he said.
During his post game talk to his team, Chugiak coach Duncan Shackelford — who used to coach at Dimond — said Chugiak will have to play its best ball of the season against the Lynx if the squad wants to return to Huffer Stadium when the state playoffs roll around.
“Next week it’s about taking it to the next level,” Shackelford said. “We have to.”