After their second straight rout of a Division III opponent, the Eagle River Wolves football team will face their first major hurdle of the season Saturday, Aug. 25 when Northern Lights Conference foe Kodiak visits town for homecoming at the Wolves’ Den in Eagle River.
“This was just a step along the way,” said Eagle River head coach Bob Adkins after his team thrashed defending Alaska Division III champion Barrow 50-3 in a nonconference clash Saturday afternoon in Eagle River.
Two very different tales unfolded Friday as Chugiak and Eagle River got their 2018 high school football seasons underway.
In Houston, the Wolves broke things open in the second half to roll to a convincing nonconference win over the Hawks, while at Chugiak a young Mustangs squad found itself learning a brusing lesson against a determined East side.
WOLVES DEVOUR HAWKS
Division II Eagle River dominated Division III Houston at Houston High, turning an 8-0 halftime lead into a 42-12 blowout.
As the team’s fifth head coach since 2005, Bob Adkins knows much of his job is trying to grow tradition at a program that’s had precious little success over the years. It’s a challenge the UAF grad welcomes.
“You have to build a culture because when you build a culture the kids know what to expect,” he said.
Chugiak has a distinctively new look this season, but in many ways it’s still going to be the same old black and blue at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Gone are the team’s star player, its head coach and several key cogs from last year’s state semifinalist squad. But the sidelines still won’t look that much different, with a former Mustang taking over the head coaching job and plenty of pieces returning from a team that spent much of 2017 atop the statewide football poll.
An upset-minded Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks squad fell just short in its attempt to upend the Alaska Baseball League regular season champion Mat-Su Miners Wednesday, falling in the first two games of their best-of-three ABL playoff series at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
The Chinooks — who qualified for the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons since moving to Chugiak in 2012 — dropped the Aug. 1 opener 5-4 and fell in the second game 5-3 the following day.