Eagle River flaggers take down ‘Stangs
Win is first Wolves victory in two seasons
Chugiak’s Sam Perez dives to make a pull on a Service running back during Chugiak’s 12-6 overtime win over the Cougars on Aug. 27 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Eagle River erased two winless flag football seasons with a last-second touchdown to give it a 12-6 victory over rival Chugiak High to open the season Aug. 23.
“I’ve never been involved in a game like that,” Wolves head coach Matt Turner said. “It was exciting.”
Chugiak took a 6-0 lead after scoring on its first drive.
“We just held them the rest of the game,” Turner said. “For the girls to not lose their composure was just great.”
With seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Alyssa Randall ran in a touchdown to knot the game at 6-all. Three straight incomplete passes forced a Chugiak punt on the ensuing possession.
Eagle River got the ball back with three minutes to play. Randall rushed for a first down to keep Eagle River’s drive alive with 38 seconds to go.
With just 10 ticks left on the clock, Randall — on only her third rush of the game — then took a 35-yard run to the endzone for her second score and the victory as time expired.
“She only carried the ball three times but ended up with 100 yards rushing,” Turner said.
Once the horn sounded, the team broke out in celebration, Turner said.
“They were just ecstatic,” he said.
The win was the first for Paulette Mordini and Leilani Mahi, Turner said. Both were winless as members of the junior varsity squad three years ago and failed to earn a W on the varsity team the past two seasons.
Bartlett 6, Eagle River 0
Eagle River fell to 1-1 after Bartlett scored a touchdown with two minutes to play in the game Friday, Aug. 26.
The Golden Bears prevented Eagle River from getting its offense going in the third and fourth quarters, Turner said.
“Bartlett had us pinned down the whole second half,” he said.
An interception by Scout Warners in the first half kept the Wolves in the game, Turner said.
Gabrielle Mordini played well offensively, he said.
Despite the loss, Turner said he told his girls to keep their heads held high. Teams like Bartlett have shut out Eagle River by five touchdowns in the past. But this season, the Wolves have shown they’re competitive, he said.
“I’m happy with their performance,” Turner said.
East 7, Eagle River 6 (OT)
Eagle River dropped its second close game in a row with a 7-6 overtime loss to East on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Alyssa Randall scored the lone touchdown for Eagle River, which fell to 1-2.
Chugiak 12, Service 6 (OT)
Chugiak used a fourth-down hook-and-ladder to beat Service in overtime at Anchorage Football Stadium Friday, Aug. 26.
Chugiak quarterback Jessi McMullen hit Sam Perez, who flipped the ball to Mackenzie Matthis on the outside just as the Service defense was closing in on Sweeney.
The same three girls had used the play for a big gain earlier in the game, and Matthis said she knew it would work a second time when the team needed it most.
“We thought, ‘Why not use it again?’” Matthis said.
Bekah Zellars also scored a touchdown for Chugiak, which picked up its first win of the season.
Chugiak coach Jon Schroeder said his team’s execution on the winning play showed the Mustangs have promise.
“Our offense was clicking at times today,” he said.
Schroeder said the Chugiak team is still developing, with a number of new players still setting into their positions.
“We have a lot to learn,” he said.
Dimond 26, Chugiak 0
Colleen Fairchild scored three touchdowns to lead Dimond to a 26-0 CIC win on Monday, Aug. 29 at Dimond Alumni Field.
The loss dropped Chugiak to 1-2.