Dimond football downs Eagle River
Eagle River jumped out to a quick start, but Dimond held the Wolves scoreless in the second half to earn a 25-10 Cook Inlet Conference football victory Friday at Dimond Alumni Field.
Eagle River fumbled on its second play of the game, and Dimond took over at the Wolves' 19-yard line. But Eagle River's defense held, and the Wolves stopped Dimond on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line.
The next play junior running back Ed Hall exploded for a 97-yard touchdown run to put Eagle River ahead 7-0.
The back-to-back big plays swung the momentum in Eagle River's favor early on, Hall said.
"That pretty much changed the game for us," he said.
The Lynx answered with two big plays of their own.
Dimond's Chandler Barrett scored on a 34-yard sweep right to cut the lead to 7-6 with eight minutes left in the second quarter. The Lynx took a 12-7 lead 18 seconds later after Armani Tufaga took a 50-yard interception return to the end zone.
Eagle River's Jordan Patin hit a 28-yard field goal with less than 20 seconds left in the second quarter to cut Dimond's lead to two at the half.
Dimond opened the second half with a 74-yard, 11-play scoring drive capped off by a 1-yard Tufaga touchdown run to increase its advantage to 18-10.
Dimond's Elijah Pili scored on a 17-yard scamper with 7:29 left in the game to round out the scoring.
Despite the loss, Eagle River (0-3 in the CIC and overall) played its best game of the season, Hall said.
"It was just the second half," he said. "That took us apart. We just didn't have the intensity we had in the first half."
The Wolves offense stalled in the second half, Madubuko said, which led to frustration.
"We weren't converting," he said.
But the Wolves' defense was strong through all four quarters, Madubuko said.
"That was our best defensive game," he said.
Eagle River continues to improve as the season progresses, Madubuko said.
"We're getting better every week," he said. "I can see it."
The Wolves play Service on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. at Chugiak's Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. As part of Military Appreciation Weekend, military families will be given free entrance to that game and all CIC football games Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. Entrants must show a current military ID.
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