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South's late rally tops West in flag football and Dimond wins 36th straight

Alaska Dispatch News
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News

Trailing by two touchdowns in the waning minutes Tuesday night, the South flag football team rallied for two offensive touchdowns and an interception return for a score to beat West, 20-12, in a Cook Inlet Conference game at Dimond's Alumni Field.

Sabrina Ungaro's 25-yard touchdown run and McKenzie Smith's extra-point run with less than three minutes to go cut West's lead to 12-7.

The Wolverines stopped West on fourth-and-1 deep in Eagles territory on the next possession, and Austyn Tedebone's 16-yard touchdown reception from Smith, who subsequently ran in the conversion, earned South a 14-12 lead.

Ungaro clinched the victory with an interception return for a touchdown.

"I went from, 'I'm not going to sleep tonight,' to 'OK, maybe I'll sleep tonight,' '' said South coach Melanie Sugita.

West sophomore Victoria Jacobs caught two touchdown passes, one of 45 yards from Lauren Syrup and another of 27 yards from Eileen Tanono. Kyana Cornejo of West rushed eight times for 41 yards.

Eagles coach Travis Cantrell, who carries a reputation as a coach willing to gamble, said he should have punted instead of going for it on that fourth-and-1 scenario.

"All we had to do was punt the ball and play defense,'' he said. "And we played great defense.''

Jacobs had seven pulls and an interception for West, and Abigail Fisher furnished an interception.

Dimond 21, Service 14

Tiffany Jackson’s 25-yard touchdown run and Nikki Forrey two-point conversion run with about three minutes left Tuesday night lifted the Dimond girls flag football team to a 21-14 CIC victory at Service.

The Lynx (2-0) trailed 14-13 before their late scoring helped secure their 36th consecutive victory.

But Dimond lost Malia Lyken to an apparent knee injury on the game-winning drive after she ran for 46 yards on two carries. Lyken rushed 10 times for 148 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown run in the first half.

Lauren Hines scored for Dimond on a 14-yard reception, and had six pulls and an interception. Nino Martinez’s interception allowed Dimond to run out the clock. Martinez also had eight pulls.

Service quarterback Julia Miknich threw two touchdown passes, one each to Zoe Bailey and Kerrianne Hansen.

Bartlett 6, Eagle River 0

Damaiya Ward didn't have to run far to score the only points in Bartlett's 6-0 CIC flag football win over Eagle River on Tuesday night at Bartlett.

"They stopped us on the one-inch line, and she made a one-inch run for a touchdown," Bartlett coach Steve Stansbury said. "No, say half an inch. They spotted it short. Say the size of your little pinky."

Ward scored on a quarterback sneak late in the first half to help the Golden Bears move to 1-1 in Cook Inlet Conference play.

Both teams moved the ball well, Stansbury said, "but nobody could punch it in the end zone." Eagle River (0-2) came close to scoring twice, including once when Bartlett stopped the Wolves inside the 10-yard line.

East 20, Chugiak 0

Sierra Rosenzweig took care of all the scoring Tuesday night to propel East to a 20-0 flag football 

Rosenzweig scored three touchdowns.