ER flaggers earn homecoming win over Chugiak
Chugiak and Eagle River’s first flag football meeting of the season took every second of the game to determine a winner.
With no time left on the clock, Eagle River’s Maddie Corbett pulled Chugiak quarterback Alise Arnold’s flag deep inside Wolves territory to seal an 18-14 homecoming win for Eagle River on Saturday, Sept. 21.
“Just to pull it felt good,” Corbett said.
Celebrating with her teammates was even sweeter. Moments after Corbett’s game-winning tackle, the Wolves rushed the field, and there were plenty of hugs, high-fives and huge smiles.
“To see your teammates’ reaction was the best,” Corbett said.
The outcome was just what Eagle River wanted, Corbett said, especially playing on its home turf.
“It’s homecoming. You go into the game wanting to win,” she said.
The Wolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead after Lauren Frost returned a 45-yard interception to the end zone late in the first quarter. Frost, who had two picks, scored on a 19-yard scamper late in the second to put Eagle River up 12-0 at the half.
The Mustangs’ slow start cost them, senior Hannah Puterbaugh said.
“We weren’t ready for them early on,” she said.
Chugiak cut the lead in half when Ashleigh Sitz connected with Holly Brehmer on a 31-yard TD pass midway through the third quarter. Brehmer — who scored all of Chugiak’s points — took a 6-yard run to the house and ran in a two-point conversion to put the Mustangs up 14-12 at the end of third.
Puterbaugh said she was proud with how her team reacted to falling behind in the first half.
“We didn’t give up,” she said. “It was a really good team game.”
Jazmin Mercado scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown on an 11-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. The Wolves held a four-point lead after a failed two-point conversion.
Chugiak threatened late in the game and marched deep inside Eagle River territory with under a minute to go. The Mustangs made it to the Wolves’ 6 and got the game’s final play off just before time expired.
Though they came up short this time, Puterbaugh said the Mustangs will be ready when they meet Eagle River again in the regular season finale in two weeks.
“The last game, we’re gonna beat ’em,” she said.
Eagle River fell to Dimond 42-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Dimond Alumni Field.
West defeated Chugiak 20-6 on Tuesday at AFS. Brehmer scored the Mustangs’ lone touchdown on an 80-yard run in the game’s opening minute.
Chugiak plays East on Friday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. at AFS before hosting Dimond on Monday, Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m.
Eagle River hosts Bartlett on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. then hosts West on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m.