South football blanks Eagle River


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Eagle River's Josh Bogowith drills South quarterback Tyler Kile and forces a fumble Saturday, Sept. 7 at ERHS. South won 24-0.

Star photo by Mike Nesper

Eagle River hung with South High for three quarters, but the defending large schools state champion pulled away in the final 12 minutes to earn a 24-0 win Saturday, Sept. 7 at ERHS.

The Wolves’ physical defensive effort held South to 250 yards and forced two turnovers — fumble recoveries by John Wilson and Cody Keith.

“Defensively, we played the best game we’ve played all year,” Eagle River head coach Jason Brewer said.

The Wolverines carried an 8-0 lead into halftime thanks to a 50-yard punt return by Justice Augafa.

Giving up a long touchdown on special teams was tough, Brewer said, especially after shutting down South for nearly two quarters.

“We outplayed them in the first half,” he said.

South threatened to score again late in the half after Andrew West picked off Wolves’ quarterback Peter Kott and returned it to Eagle River’s 1-yard line.

But the Wolves defense held.

After two runs for negative yardage, Augafa caught a six-yard pass to set up fourth-and-goal from the 2. A host of Wolves stopped South’s Roman Stephan just shy of the goal line.

South’s defense was just as tough.

The Wolverines shut down Eagle River’s run game — the Wolves gained just 33 yards on the ground. Eagle River only made one trip inside the red zone all game. It came on the Wolves’ last possession with the game out of reach.

Isaiah Banks took a punt on a hop and returned it 50 yards to set the Wolves up on South’s 8-yard line. Eagle River couldn’t take advantage of the great field position and turned it over on downs after four plays.

“We had our chances. We just couldn’t settle down and do what we do,” Brewer said.

South started the fourth quarter off with a 5-yard TD run from West. The South senior added a 1-yard score four and a half minutes later.

Eagle River (1-3 overall, 1-2 CIC) has to put the loss out of its mind fast. The Wolves have a short week and play Service (3-1 overall, 2-1 CIC) today (Thursday, Sept. 12) at Dimond Alumni Field at 7 p.m.

The Cougars are coming off their first loss of the season — a 27-26 loss to Chugiak — and will be ready for redemption, Brewer said.

“They’ll bring their A game,” he said.

 

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

 

Wolverines 24, Wolves 0

 

South — 0       8       0       16       — 24

ER —       0       0       0       0       — 0

 

Second Quarter

South — Augafa 50 punt return (Devoe pass from Kile), 3:43

 

Fourth Quarter

South — West 5 run (Augafa pass from Valdez), 9:39.

South — West 1 run (West run), 5:07.

 

South              ER

First downs               12                      9

Rushes-yards        55-191               35-33

Passing yards        59                      134

Return yards               111                      94

Comp-att-intr       8-10-0               7-20-1

Punts-avg              5-33.6               8-33.0

Fumbles-lost        3-2                      5-1

Penalties-yards        6-53               10-75

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing — South: Augafa 9-49, Valdez 5-47, Stephan 11-42, West 13-29, Hoover 14-22, Light 1-3, No. 12 1-3, Maisey 1-0, Kile 2-(-4). ER: Kott 19-25, Collins 4-9, Hall 9-1, I. Banks 3-(-2).

Passing — South: Valdez 4-5-0 — 56, Kile 4-5-0 — 3. ER: Kott 7-21-1--117, Metzel 1-1-0--17.

Receiving — South: Devoe 2-37, Micks 2-4, Augafa 2-(-1), Ottum 1-12, Stephan 1-7. ER: Evans 3-21, Hall 2-19, Metzel 1-50, I. Banks 1-17, Collins 1-10.

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