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South wins offensive slugfest

Jeremy Peters
Taylor Faagau of South pushes away West defender Dave Tuilimu as he gains yardage during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
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Conor Feckley of West has a punt blocked into the end zone for a safety during first-quarter action against South Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Kahlil Autry of South finds daylight against West during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Penalty flags flew repeatedly as South outlasted West Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Jacob Hoover of South runs up on blocking receiver Reilly Brown during first-quarter action against West Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South head coach John Lewis congratulates his players on a safety against West during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Kahlil Autry of South runs into Randall Wilson of West during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
West quarterback Conor Feckley eludes South defender Dalton Sauder during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
West receiver Leroy Elliott freezes South defender Wade Ellis before going around him for more yardage during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Ballcarrier Nathen Sailele of West is brought down by South defenders during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Randall Wilson of West dives but cannot make the catch ahead of South defender Samuel Cook during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Randall Wilson of West reaches for the goal line but is already brought down by Samuel Cook of South during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South quarterback Zach Lujan fires a pass downfield against Westduring second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
West receiver Leroy Elliott battles for yardage after a catch as Wade Ellis of South attempts a tackle during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South receiver Wade Ellis nearly makes a tough catch before West defender Christian Nidoy knocks the ball away during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Sharif Taha of South forces a fumble from West quarterback Conor Feckley during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Taylor Faagau of South battles for yardage against West during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South defender Kahlil Autry jars the ball loose from West receiver Eric Vandervort during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Alec Valdez of South celebrates another West turnover during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Ezra Afualo of South celebrates a Wolverines touchdown and conversion at the end of the first half during second-quarter action against West Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Taylor Faagau of South pushes away West defender Dave Tuilimu as he gains yardage during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Conor Feckley of West has a punt blocked into the end zone for a safety during first-quarter action against South Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Kahlil Autry of South finds daylight against West during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Penalty flags flew repeatedly as South outlasted West Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Jacob Hoover of South runs up on blocking receiver Reilly Brown during first-quarter action against West Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South head coach John Lewis congratulates his players on a safety against West during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Kahlil Autry of South runs into Randall Wilson of West during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
West quarterback Conor Feckley eludes South defender Dalton Sauder during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
West receiver Leroy Elliott freezes South defender Wade Ellis before going around him for more yardage during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Ballcarrier Nathen Sailele of West is brought down by South defenders during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Randall Wilson of West dives but cannot make the catch ahead of South defender Samuel Cook during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Randall Wilson of West reaches for the goal line but is already brought down by Samuel Cook of South during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South quarterback Zach Lujan fires a pass downfield against Westduring second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
West receiver Leroy Elliott battles for yardage after a catch as Wade Ellis of South attempts a tackle during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South receiver Wade Ellis nearly makes a tough catch before West defender Christian Nidoy knocks the ball away during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Sharif Taha of South forces a fumble from West quarterback Conor Feckley during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Taylor Faagau of South battles for yardage against West during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South defender Kahlil Autry jars the ball loose from West receiver Eric Vandervort during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Alec Valdez of South celebrates another West turnover during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Ezra Afualo of South celebrates a Wolverines touchdown and conversion at the end of the first half during second-quarter action against West Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Taylor Faagau of South pushes away West defender Dave Tuilimu as he gains yardage during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Conor Feckley of West has a punt blocked into the end zone for a safety during first-quarter action against South Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Kahlil Autry of South finds daylight against West during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Penalty flags flew repeatedly as South outlasted West Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Jacob Hoover of South runs up on blocking receiver Reilly Brown during first-quarter action against West Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South head coach John Lewis congratulates his players on a safety against West during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Kahlil Autry of South runs into Randall Wilson of West during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
West quarterback Conor Feckley eludes South defender Dalton Sauder during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
West receiver Leroy Elliott freezes South defender Wade Ellis before going around him for more yardage during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Ballcarrier Nathen Sailele of West is brought down by South defenders during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Randall Wilson of West dives but cannot make the catch ahead of South defender Samuel Cook during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Randall Wilson of West reaches for the goal line but is already brought down by Samuel Cook of South during first-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South quarterback Zach Lujan fires a pass downfield against Westduring second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
West receiver Leroy Elliott battles for yardage after a catch as Wade Ellis of South attempts a tackle during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South receiver Wade Ellis nearly makes a tough catch before West defender Christian Nidoy knocks the ball away during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Sharif Taha of South forces a fumble from West quarterback Conor Feckley during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Taylor Faagau of South battles for yardage against West during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
South defender Kahlil Autry jars the ball loose from West receiver Eric Vandervort during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Alec Valdez of South celebrates another West turnover during second-quarter action Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Ezra Afualo of South celebrates a Wolverines touchdown and conversion at the end of the first half during second-quarter action against West Friday evening September 21, 2012 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News

Football fans who savor offense were treated Friday night at Anchorage Football Stadium, where South and West combined for more than 1,000 yards and set a Cook Inlet Conference record with 116 combined points.

South put points on the board on 12 separate occasions to emerge with a 75-41 victory, spoiling West's homecoming by handing the Eagles their first CIC loss. Both teams are 5-1 in the CIC and 5-2 overall, putting them in a tie for second place behind Service with one week remaining in the regular season.

South piled up 527 yards of total offense and West checked in with 515, but turnovers were the difference.

West dug itself a deep hole with three first-half turnovers and trailed 40-13 at halftime. West made it a game and pulled within 13 points by outscoring the Wolverines 28-14 in the third quarter, but a 32-yard interception return by South's Wade Ellis 30 seconds into the fourth quarter just about sealed the Wolverines' win. Another West interception led to Ellis catching his second touchdown pass less than 30 seconds later for the game's final score.

"A South team has never scored that many points," said Ellis, who finished with 88 yards on three catches. "It's a great feeling to be part of this and having scored in the game. That was a goal of ours this season, we wanted to break that record."

South's previous high came in a 70-0 romp over Eagle River in 2006. The only other CIC team to reach 75 points was East in a 75-0 shutout of Dimond in 2004, according to Anchorage sports historian Don Winchester. Service and Eagle River set the previous combined record for points at 102 when the Cougars beat the Wolves 66-36 last season, Winchester said.

West quarterback Conor Feckley was the most productive player Friday, totaling 400 yards, 395 through the air. Two West receivers, Leroy Elliot and Eric Vandervort were Feckley's favorite targets catching a combined 12 passes for 279 yards.

"We learned a lot today as a team," Feckley said. "We got a lot of work to do to get ready for Service on Thursday."

Feckley left the game late in the fourth quarter with an injury. He said he bumped his knee but will be ready for Service.

If West can beat Service in the rare Thursday game and South can win its game against Dimond next weekend, there will be a three-way tie for first in the CIC between Service, West and South. The Wolverines suffered their only conference loss to Service last weekend.

"This last week wasn't a fun week at practice, coming off a loss," Ellis said. "We needed this big game."

South took command early, opening the scoring on a 34-yard touchdown run from Jacob Hoover, followed by a safety and short touchdown run by Kahlil Autry. West bounced back with two unanswered scores to make it 15-13 in the second quarter, but South responded with four unanswered scores before halftime.

After a Feckley fumble led to Taylor Faagau's 1-yard touchdown plunge for South, Autry intercepted a Feckley pass to set up a 50-yard bomb from Zach Lujan to Ellis with 2:38 remaining in the half. Two possessions later, West conceded a safety when Feckley slid down in the back of the end zone with eight seconds remaining, but the strategy backfired when Faagau caught a short pass from Lujan and zig-zagged his way to a 48-yard touchdown on the final play of the half.

South 15 25 14 21 -- 75

West 7 6 28 0 -- 41

First Quarter

South -- Hoover 34 run (Imlach kick), 10:33

South -- Safety, blocked punt, 9:46

South -- Autry 4 run (kick blocked), 4:28

West -- Feckley 1 run (Carson kick), :27

Second Quarter

West -- Tuilimu 3 run (kick fail), 7:29

South -- Faagau 1 run (Settle run), 3:02

South -- Ellis 50 pass from Lujan (Williams run), 2:38

South -- Safety, sack in the end zone, :08

South -- Faagau 48 pass from Lujan (Imlach kick), :00

Third Quarter

West -- Tuilimu 5 run (Carson kick), 8:29

South -- Williams 73 run (Imlach kick), 7:17

West -- Vandervort 80 pass from Feckley (Carson kick), 7:04

West -- Elliot 38 pass from Feckley (Carson kick), 6:13

South -- Settle 3 run (Imlach kick), 3:14

West -- Vandervort 11 pass from Tulimasaelii (Carson kick), 1:19

Fourth quarter

South -- Ellis 32 interception return (Imlach kick), 11:30

South -- Ellis 23 pass from Lujan (Imlach kick), 11:03

South -- Williams 41 run (Imlach), 4:05

South West

First Downs 17 23

Rushes-yards 43-277 30-109

Passing yards 250 406

Return yards 156 57

Passes 12-22-1 18-34-3

Punts 2-30.0 2-28.0

Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-2

Penalties-yards 1 4-115 12-119

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- South: Williams 5-124; Faagau 9-54; Hoover 5-50; Loewe 9-17; Hopp 5-15; Settle 3-6; Autrey 4-5; Lujan 2-4; team 1-2. West: Sailele 10-59; Tuilimu 7-38; Feckley 7-5; Tulimasaelii 1-4; Faamasino 4-3; Bozzini 1-0;

PASSING -- South: Lujan 12-22-1--250. West: Feckley 17-29-2-395; Tulimasaelii 1-2-1--11; Bozzini 0-3-0--0

RECEIVING -- South: Ellis 3-88; Brown 3-32; Faagau 2-66; Page 2-23; Autrey 1-26; Stephen 1-15. West: Elliott 8-145; Vandervort 4-134; Wilson 3-66; Carson 1-34; Sailele 1-27.

Photos: South 75 West 41
By JEREMY PETERS
Anchorage Daily News