Eagles fly past Wolves in CIC play
Though Eagle River finished on the losing end of another lopsided Cook Inlet Conference football game Saturday, Aug. 18, the 49-6 final didn’t tell the whole story, Wolves’ head coach Jason Brewer said.
“The scoreboard doesn’t indicate the game,” he said after West handed Eagle River (0-2 in CIC and overall) its second loss of the season. “We drove 80 yards and the next play they throw a bomb.”
That’s just how the game started.
Eagle River chewed up 72 yards on a 12-play drive to open the game. But after a missed field goal, West’s Lincoln Tulimasaelii broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage.
West started the second half the same way.
Nathen Sailele scampered 70 yards on the Eagles’ second play of the half to extend their lead to 35-0.
In front of a home crowd for just the third time in school history, Eagle River played hard, Brewer said.
“We matched their intensity,” he said. “We got to see the grit of our team, which I’m very happy with.”
Eagle River’s running game had a much better showing than in Week 1 (the Wolves only managed seven yards on the ground). Eagle River would have broken 100 yards rushing for the game, but several fumbles and muffed snaps resulted in negative 40 yards for the Wolves.
“We drove the ball up and down the field,” Brewer said. “Our offensive line did a great job.”
Junior Ed Hall led Eagle River with 52 yards on 16 carries. Josh Oberlander had 48 yards and Alani Collins picked up 30 yards.
Brewer said he plans to continue to give Hall several touches a game as the season progresses.
The Wolves’ lone score came when Oberlander ripped off a 35-yard run but fumbled after being tackled and lineman Kevin Gilliland scooped up the ball and took it 5 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the third quarter.
Eagle River’s defense also showed signs of improvement.
Three times inside their own red zone, the Wolves forced fourth-down situations for West. Unfortunately for Eagle River, West responded each time. Quarterback Conor Feckley threw two touchdown passes (25 yards and 23 yards) and Randall Wilson scored on an 8-yard run to build a 28-0 advantage at the half.
Early season injuries have plagued the Wolves, Brewer said.
Quarterback Peter Kott, who suffered a foot injury in Week 1, was sidelined against West. Brewer said Kott could be ready to play when the Wolves travel to Dimond on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.
Collins, who started the game at quarterback, sustained an injury against West. Senior Parker Eiler — who transferred from Florida in January — entered the game under center late in the first quarter.
Dimond will be another strong opponent, Brewer said. But having to play against seven tough CIC foes in an eight-game season, every week brings a challenge, he said.
“It’s not a forgiving schedule,” Brewer said.
The Wolves will continue to focus on their game, Brewer said.
“We’re improving us,” he said. “We’re getting better.”
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