Dimond remains undefeated in flag football after playoff win

The undefeated and defending champion Dimond Lynx began their drive for a fourth Cook Inlet Conference flag football championship Monday by whipping Eagle River 42-0 at Dimond Alumni Field.

The victory ran Dimond's record to 15-0 and its winning streak to 32. The top-seeded Lynx are two wins away from posting back-to-back undefeated seasons.

In other quarterfinal games, second-seeded South blanked seventh-seeded East 19-0, fourth-seeded West stopped fifth-seeded Chugiak 20-6 and third-seeded Service rallied past sixth-seeded Bartlett 19-7.

The winners advanced to Thursday's semifinals at Dimond. The Lynx will play West at 6 p.m., and South will face Service at 7:30.

In its win over eighth-seeded Eagle River, Dimond scored three touchdowns in the air and three on the ground.

Half of quarterback Tara Thompson's completions went for touchdowns. She completed 6 of 7 passes for 134 yards and connected with three receivers for touchdowns -- Lauren Hines (54 yards), Vanessa Tufaga (10 yards) and Malia Lyken (21 yards).

The Lynx also rushed for three touchdowns. Lyken led the ground assault, gaining 87 yards on 12 carries and scoring on a 14-yard run. Tufaga added a 3-yard scoring run and Abby Corral went 11 yards for a touchdown on her only carry of the game.

Hines and Tufaga both caught two passes, with Hines recording 76 yards and Tufaga 34.

Whitney Jackson sparked the defense with five pulls, four for losses. Tufaga and Taelor Howley totaled four pulls apiece.

South 19, East 0

Sabrina Ungaro, Sarah Lundgren and Julia Carmack ran for touchdowns Monday, powering South past East 19-0 in a quarterfinal game at Dimond.

"East made us work for it," South coach Melanie Sugita said. "Their defense was pretty stingy. But our defense was able to hold up."

Claire Lovering grabbed an interception to help the Wolverines record the shutout.

Ungaro scored on an 18-yard run to put South on the scoreboard in the first quarter, and Lundgren rushed four yards in the second quarter to make it 13-0 at the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Carmack broke loose to seal the victory with a 14-yard scoring run.

West 20, Chugiak 6

Anna Sophia-Roberts scored twice and sparked the defense with six pulls Monday in West's 20-6 quarterfinal win over Chugiak at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

Sophia-Roberts rushed for a 10-yard touchdown and caught a 21-yard scoring strike from Annie Rush. Rush threw two touchdowns, hitting Abby Fischer with a 41-yard pass play for the game's first points.

Natalie Manske contributed eight pulls and Grace Kubitz four to West's defensive effort.

Holly Brehmer scored on an 81-yard passing play from Ashleigh Sitz for Chugiak's lone touchdown.

The game marked the return of four West players -- Sophia-Robert, Rush, Sarah Peterson and Bella Hansen -- who had missed a game and recent practices because of their participation in a Lower 48 hockey camp.

"We played really, really good," West coach Travis Cantrell said. "We've got the whole team back together again, and hopefully we'll get a few practices in before Thursday."

Service 19, Bartlett 7

Julia Miknich and Hayleigh VanAllen connected three times for touchdowns Monday in Service's 19-7 quarterfinal victory over Bartlett at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

Miknich completed 12 of 16 passes with no interceptions. Her strikes to VanAllen measured 20, 25 and 22 yards.

Jenna Davis sealed the win with a fourth-quarter interception, the second of the game for Service. Carolyn Kinzie picked off a pass in the second quarter to help keep Bartlett at bay.

The Cougars trailed 7-0 early but surged ahead with three unanswered touchdowns, continuing a trend of coming from behind.

"We've been behind a bunch and we've found a way to come back and win," Service coach Joel Carter said. "There's a little Cardiac Cougar action going on."


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