West football earns sloppy win over Eagle River
The rain might have held off until the end of the night, but there was plenty of slop on the field when Eagle River and West met Saturday, Aug. 31 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
The Eagles earned a 35-29 win in a contest that featured 10 fumbles, seven turnovers and 190 penalty yards.
Eagle River didn’t have an answer for West running back Lui Faamasino, who racked up 176 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
West’s 324 yards on offense was a big turnaround from Week 2 in which the Eagles gained just 187 total yards in a 14-7 loss to Chugiak.
Eagle River head coach Jason Brewer credited Eagles’ head coach Tim Davis for having West prepared.
“They just played a good game,” Brewer said.
Even after Faamasino made his third trip to the end zone on an 11-yard run and increased West’s lead to 12 with 2:16 to play, Brewer’s confidence wasn’t shaken.
“Never count us out,” he said.
It took the Wolves just 35 seconds to show why.
Eagle River covered 72 yards in two plays. The three-play drive ended when Hall ran in for an 8-yard score to cut West’s lead in half.
Prior to Hall’s third TD of the night, quarterback Peter Kott connected with Collin Metzel on a 64-yard strike. Metzel finished with two catches for 115 yards.
A failed onside kickoff attempt put West on Eagle River’s 48 with 1:35 to go. Faamasino, who averaged more than 8 yards per carry, picked up a first down on third and three with 21 seconds to go to seal the win for West.
Though unhappy with the outcome, Brewer said he was proud his team never gave up.
“I’m very pleased with the effort,” he said. “They played hard.”
Hall, who gained a team-high 94 rushing yards, put Eagle River up 7-0 in the midway through the first quarter one play after a muffed snap on fourth down deep in Eagles territory put the Wolves at West’s 4-yard line. Faamasino tied the game on a 17-yard scamper five and a half minutes later.
The Eagles reached the end zone three times in the second quarter to take a 27-15 lead into the half. Tyrone Davis and Faamasino scored about two minutes apart to start the quarter and Jake Faualo added a late touchdown.
After Faamasino’s second TD, Eagle River’s Isaiah Banks capped an 84-yard drive with a 4-yard score.
The Wolves had a promising start to the third quarter when Alani Collins recovered a West fumble deep in Eagle River territory. But the turnover ended up benefitted West after a high snap went over the head of punter Tyler Evans and he was brought down in the end zone for a safety.
The final 12 minutes began with a wild drive that ended with Hall leaping over the pile from a yard out to bring Eagle River within six with 5:18 left. Sixteen plays earlier, Hall kept the drive alive when he forced and recovered a fumble after West’s Ross Bolling picked off Collins on the same play.
Eagle River (1-2 overall, 1-1 CIC) hosts South (2-1 overall, 2-0 CIC) on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.
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