Service football blanks Eagle River
Eagle River football fell to 0-4 after defending Large Schools state champion Service blanked the Wolves 32-0 on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Chugiak's Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Eagle River made too many mistakes, head coach Jason Brewer said. But, he said, that's what happens when five starters are only sophomores.
"We're young," Brewer said. "We've got some growing pains."
The Wolves battled all four quarters, Brewer said.
"We outhit them. We had more intensity than them," he said.
An Eagle River fumble on its first possession put Service near midfield. Ten plays later, quarterback CJ Toomer — Amu Aukusitino did not play — ran in a 1-yard touchdown to put Service up 7-0.
A 63-yard pass from Toomer to Nahshon Fromm set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Ihro Raguindin to give the Cougars a 13-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Service recovered an onside kick just inside Eagle River territory.
Toomer capped off a 10-play scoring drive with another 1-yard touchdown run with just seven seconds left in the half.
An interception by Trevor Howe set up a 5-yard touchdown pass from Toomer to Nikolas Butler to give Service a 25-point advantage late in the third quarter.
The Cougars rounded out the scoring with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Toomer to Kylelle Brown early in the fourth quarter.
Despite being winless midway through the season, Brewer said Eagle River is getting better each week.
"We're improving every day," he said. "We're on the brink of being a good football team."
The Wolves' attitude couldn't be better, Brewer said. Out of his 17 years of coaching, Brewer said the 2012 Eagle River players are the most positive group of kids he's coached.
The Wolves will host nonconference West Valley on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. for their homecoming. This is the second straight year Eagle River's homecoming will be played on its own turf.
Thanks to a $130,000 grant from the Legislature, seating for about 400 is now installed on the field. Brewer expressed his gratitude to ERHS principal Marty Lang for securing those bleachers and making homecoming at the Wolves' den a reality.
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