Mustangs fall to Juneau on a rainy Friday night in Chugiak
Chugiak dropped a 21-7 Chugach Conference football game to the Juneau-Thunder Mountain Huskies on Friday, Sept. 20 at a soggy Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.
The loss was the first of the season for the Mustangs, who fell to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Juneau improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
Juneau sophomore running back Gaby Soto was a tiny terror for the Huskies, running for a game-high 177 yards on 24 carries. The 5-foot-6 inch, 145-pound Soto had two touchdowns for Juneau, which bounced back from a 44-14 loss to West the previous week.
A steady downpour didn’t dampen spirits much for the big home crowd that showed up both for homecoming festivities as well as a pregame recognition ceremony for the school’s 1984 state championship team.
After Chugiak went three-and-out on its first drive, Juneau wasted zero time capitalizing as the diminutive Soto burst through a hole big enough to drive a homecoming float through and sprinted 80 yards for a touchdown on the Huskies’ first play from scrimmage.
Chugiak responded almost immediately as Quentin Wilson broke the Mustangs’ longest play of the game just two plays into the ensuing drive, keeping the ball on an option for a 56-yard score.
Soto scored the game-winner late in the second quarter with a 24-yard burst that made it 14-7 heading into the halftime festivities.
Chugiak had a golden opportunity to equalize after Juneau fumbled the ball away on its first possession of the second half. But after driving down to the Huskies’ 1-yard-line, the opportunity was lost when Wilson fumbled on his quarterback sneak attempt.
Though they did nearly all of their damage on the ground, the Huskies used some slick passing to set up the game’s final score as quarterback Noah Chambers went 3-for-3 for 68 yards during an eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown lob from Chambers to Cooper Kriegmont in the back corner of the end zone.
Juneau held Chugiak to 162 yards of offense as the Mustangs struggled to gain footing on the wet turf. Tyler Huffer led Chugiak with 74 yards rushing.
Chugiak — which has already clinched a Division I playoff berth — plays nonconference South on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Huffer Stadium.
HUSKIES 21, MUSTANGS 7
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium
Juneau 7 7 0 7 — 21
Chugiak 7 0 0 0 — 7
Jun - Gaby Soto 80 run (Wallace Adams kick), 9:52
Chu - Quentin Wilson 56 run (Joshua Rolston kick), 9:06
Jun - Soto 24 run (Adams kick), 5:17
Jun - Cooper Kriegmont 5 pass from Noah Chambers (Adams kick), 8:54
RUSHING — Chugiak: Tyler Huffer 18-74, Quentin Wilson 4-47, Jacob Oshesky 6-28, Logan Mathieu 2-9, Austin Harr 4-8, Grant Jones 1-4, Josh Rolston 1-(-4). Juneau: Gaby Soto 24-177, Ali Beya 10-18, Noah Chambers 8-15, Garrett Bryant 1-2, Cooper Kriegmont 1-1.
PASSING — Chugiak: Quentin Wilson 1-9-0—(-4). Juneau: Chambers 4-9-0—64.
RECEIVING — Chugiak: Huffer 1-(-4). Juneau: Beya 1-32, Dawson Hickok 1-31, Kriegmont 1-5, Wallace Adams 1-(-4).
First downs 9 12
Rushes-yards 39-166 44-213
Comp-att-int 1-9-0 4-9-0
Passing yards (-4) 64
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1
Punts-avg 3-35.3 2.28.0
Penalties-yards 8-60 5-31
Return yards 0 0