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Eagle River tops West Valley, earns first win since 2010

Eagle River's football team bagged its first outright victory since 2010 -- that's not counting a forfeit win against Chugiak last season -- with Saturday afternoon's 26-17 nonconference win over visiting West Valley.

The Wolves (1-4, 0-4 Cook Inlet Conference) piled up a 26-0 homecoming lead heading into intermission and withstood the Wolfpack's comeback in the second half.

Leroy Banks' 75-yard touchdown return of a punt as time expired in the first half delivered Eagle River's 26-0 cushion.

The Wolves in the first half also received a 7-yard touchdown run from Ed Hall, who piled up 104 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Peter Kott set up his own 7-yard touchdown run with a 7-yard pass to Corbin Duxbury on fourth-and-4, and he also connected with Jachi Madubuko for a 33-yard touchdown pass.

Kott's 36-yard pass to Jeavonte Dunn prefaced Hall's touchdown run.

West Valley of the Railbelt Conference worked its way back into the game with JC Cummings' 23-yard touchdown run and Dominick Anderson's 1-yard touchdown run, both in the third quarter. The Wolfpack also got a 26-yard field goal from Riley Hinz.

Graham rushed 22 times for a game-high 107 yards.

WV 0 0 14 3 -- 17

ER 12 14 0 0 -- 26

First Quarter

Eagle River -- Kott 7 run (kick blocked), 5:05.

Eagle River -- Hall 3 run (run failed), 4:00.

Second Quarter

Eagle River -- Madubuko 33 pass from Kott (Patin kick), 7:58.

Eagle River -- Banks 75 punt return (Patin kick), 0:00.

Third Quarter

West Valley -- Cummings 23 run (Hinz kick), 8:05.

West Valley -- Anderson 1 run (Hinz kick), 0:49.

Fourth Quarter

West Valley -- Hinz 26 FG 8:51.

WV ER

First downs 13 9

Rushes-yards 44-200 32-125

Comp-att-intr 2-13-1 3-10-0

Passing yards 22 76

Fumbles-lost 7-1 3-1

Penalties-yards 8-57 6-55

Punts-avg 5-31.8 4-36.5

Return yards 11 128

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- WV: Graham 22-107, Cummings 10-76, Anderson 12-31, Team (-14). ER: Hall 16-104, Oberlander 5-14, Kott 9-7, Madubuko 2-5, Team (-5).

PASSING -- WV: Graham 2-13-1 -- 22. ER: Kott 3-10-0 -- 76.

RECEIVING -- WV: Chafin 1-8, Sudduth 1-14. ER: Duxbury 1-7, Dunn 1-36, Madubuko 1-33.



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