Chugiak football hands Service its first loss

Mustangs win thriller, 27-26


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Chugiak quarterback Ben Stewart, left, looks down field as Service's Jordan Summerlin applies pressure Saturday, Sept. 7.

Star photo by Mike Nesper

After suffering a 6-0 loss to Dimond in Week 3, Chugiak senior Kenny Pegues had a chat with his fellow Mustang football players.

“I told the team, we need to step up.”

Message received.

Chugiak won a thriller 27-26 over previously unbeaten Service on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

“We’re pretty pumped after this,” Pegues said. “We needed this win big time.”

Pegues was one of the heroes for Chugiak. With Service in Mustang territory, Pegues sacked Cougars quarterback C.J. Toomer on fourth down to give possession back to Chugiak with under a minute to play. Two keels later Chugiak improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

Pegues said Service’s line was fatigued, which allowed the linebacker to bring Toomer down.

“I told myself I have to take advantage of that,” he said.

Pegues broke through the line two plays earlier and sacked Toomer for a 10-yard loss.

Pegues wasn’t the only 12th-grader who shined on senior night.

Gabe Mingledorff (186 rushing yards) and Karson Forbush (101) carried the offensive load for the Mustangs. Their efforts also led to the game-winning touchdown.

After Toomer’s fourth TD pass put Service up by five, Mingledorff hauled in a one-handed catch from quarterback Ben Stewart and scampered 47 yards to set Chugiak up at the Cougars’ 30. Mingledorff then ripped off a 20-yard run before letting Forbush finish the drive with a 10-yard TD run.

Forbush also scored on a 41-yard toss right to put Chugiak up 21-20 heading into the final quarter. Mingledorff reached the end zone on a 59-yard run in the first quarter and Stewart added a 1-yard score to put the Mustangs up 13-7 at the half.

Service (276 passing yards) did most of its damage through the air while Chugiak (300 rushing yards) stuck to its ground game.

The Mustangs play South today (Thursday, Sept. 12) at Anchorage Football Stadium at 7 p.m. The Wolverines (3-1 overall, 3-0 CIC) are coming off a 24-0 win over Eagle River.  

Mingledorff said Chugiak learned its lesson from overlooking Dimond — a mistake the team won’t make again. Hard work every day is key for continued success, he said.

“We have to practice hard,” Mingledorff said. 

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

 

Mustangs 27, Cougars 26

 

Ser —       0       7       13       6       — 26

Chu —       6       7       8       6       — 27

 

First Quarter

Chu — Mingledorff 59 run (run fail), 8:52.

 

Second Quarter

Chu — Stewart 1 run (Jorgensen kick), 11:28.

Ser — Srisaneha 48 pass from Toomer (Van Allen kick), :08.

 

Third Quarter

Ser — Sriseneha 30 pass from Toomer, (kick fail), 8:04.

Ser — Aliju 38 pass from Toomer (Van Allen kick), 4:32.

Chu — Forbush 41 run (Quigley run), 3:27.

 

Fourth Quarter

Ser — Sriseneha 30 pass from Toomer (kick failed), 5:54.

Chu — Forbush 10 run (run failed), 2:47.

 

Ser                     Chu

First downs                      12                      19

Rushes-yards               22-41               49-300

Passing yards               276                      70

Return yards                      102                      50

Comp-att-intr              16-32-1               4-13-0

Punts-avg                     6-43.7               6-26.8

Fumbles-lost               1-0                      1-1

Penalties-yards               11-90               12-100

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing — Ser: Toomer 11-14, Jones 7-15, Bibbs 4-13. Chu: Mingledorff 19-186, Forbush 18-101, Quigley 6-20, Bensel 1-1, Stewart 5-(-8).

Passing — Ser: Toomer 16-32-1 — 276. Chu: Stewart 4-13-0 —70.

Receiving — Ser: Srisaneha 4-145, Aliju 4-76, Johnson 3-21, Jones 2-2, Bibbs 1-17, Raguindin 1-9, Mcleod 1-6. Chu: Mingledorff 2-46, Oldenkamp 1-19, Forbush 1-5.

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