Chugiak football blanks Bartlett
Gabe Mingledorff had two interception returns for touchdowns to lead Chugiak past Bartlett 28-0 on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium to keep the Mustangs’ playoff hopes alive.
Chugiak, which improved to 2-4 in Cook Inlet Conference play, hosts a must-win game against East (3-3) on Friday, Sept. 27 in the regular season finale. If Chugiak prevails and Dimond (3-3) loses to South the following day, the Mustangs, T-Birds and Lynx will each finish 3-4 tied for the fourth CIC playoff spot.
“We still got a shot,” Mustangs’ head coach Duncan Shackelford said.
But, he said, the T-Birds are a tough football team.
“East is one of those teams that can scare you to death,” Shackelford said. “They’re fast and big.”
Chugiak approached Saturday’s matchup as a postseason game, Mingledorff said.
“This was our first playoff game,” he said.
Mingledorff’s first pick six came just six plays after Chugiak fumbled possession away inside the red zone halfway through the opening quarter. Mingledorff snagged a pass from Bartlett quarterback Zyrelle Jones between his legs just a few feet off the turf and managed to stay on his feet and score on a 35-yard return.
“I got it and ran as hard as I could,” Mingledorff said.
Late in the third quarter, Mingledorff took a 91-yard interception return to the end zone to seal the game for Chugiak.
A diving Mingledorff nearly got his third pick of the game on Bartlett’s next possession.
“It was just a good day for me,” Mingledorff said.
David Mayhew threw two touchdown passes for the Mustangs. He connected with Tyler Rohde on a 39-yard strike early in the second quarter, and then found an open Matt Oldenkamp for a 24-yard score three and a half minutes later.
While satisfied with a win over Bartlett, Shackelford said his team now has to focus on East.
“The guys need to know hard work starts Monday,” he said.
The Mustangs know being prepared for the T-Birds will be key if they want a chance at making the playoffs, Mingledorff said.
“We’ll be ready for them,” he said.
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