Service’s defense stopped Wasilla twice in the waning minutes Saturday to earn a 14-6, non-conference win in the first football game played on the Cougars’ new turf field.
After scoring on the first drive of the game, Service reached the end zone late in the fourth quarter when Zyrelle Jones rolled to his right and connected on a 3-yard strike to Emetrius McLeod.
The Cougars looked poised to run out the clock when they forced a turnover on downs in four straight plays, giving them possession with two minutes to go. But Service running back Denzel Hogan fumbled on the first play of the drive and Wasilla recovered on its own 38.
PALMER -- Colony took advantage of East’s mistakes Friday to earn a 23-13 non-conference win on the opening night of the high school football season.
The Knights scored 10 points off turnovers, including what proved to be the game-winning touchdown.
After Jordan Nero recovered an East fumble, Colony responded with a 12-play, 77-yard scoring drive. Tucker Looney capped the drive when he hauled in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Colony quarterback Steven Bilafer to put the Knights ahead 14-7 with 3:40 left in the third quarter. Bilafer found a wide-open Looney down the left sideline on fourth-and-13.
The touchdown pass marked the second time on the drive that Colony converted on fourth down. Earlier, it was Bilafer scrambling for a 12-yard gain on a fake punt...
A familiar face is returning to Bartlett’s sideline for the upcoming high school football season.
After a two-year hiatus, John Jessen is back coaching the Golden Bears varsity program. Jessen and 2004 Bartlett grad Daniel Esparza will share the head coaching duties.
“It’s a pretty overwhelming job for one person,” Jessen said at a recent practice.
Esparza took over for his former coach after Jessen resigned following the 2011 season. In 16 seasons, Jessen is the winningest football coach in Bartlett history – he guided the Golden Bears to 80 wins. He’s spent the past two years coaching Bartlett’s C team to consecutive undefeated seasons.
“This isn’t about me coming back,” Jessen said. “It’s about us working together.”...
Prior to the American Legion state tournament, Wasilla coach Boone Thompson described South Post 4 as “the toughest eight seed you’ll see in a long time.”
He was right.
South won four straight games, including a 6-0 championship victory Thursday over Dimond Post 21 at Mulcahy Stadium, to claim its third state title and first since 2009. It was the first shutout in the championship game since 1982.
The win earned South a trip to the Aug. 7-11 Northwest Regional tournament in Eugene, Oregon.
South outscored its opponents 35-7 and allowed one run in its final three games...
South Post 4 entered the American Legion state tournament with the worst league record of eight teams vying for the title.
After a dominating performance Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium, South now owns the best record in the tournament and will play in the championship game Thursday as the only undefeated team left.
In the winners bracket semifinal Tuesday, South invoked the mercy rule with a 14-1 win over Dimond Post 21. In the early game, Juneau Post 25 eliminated defending champion Chugiak Post 33 with a 14-9 victory.
Dimond and Juneau meet Wednesday with the winner advancing to the finals.
Juneau thought its season ended with a 2-1 loss to top-seeded Wasilla on Monday. But the Road Warriors had to forfeit the game for using an ineligible player...
Knowing the trail benefits those who attempt to tackle the grueling 24-mile Crow Pass Crossing.
After ascending 2,000 feet over the first four miles from the trailhead near Girdwood, racers descend into the valley, making their way toward the finish line at the Eagle River Nature Center.
In the valley, the trail is fraught with overgrown vegetation, which hides a racer’s feet as well as loose rocks and roots waiting for unsuspecting victims. Even veterans typically take a few spills each year.
That’s what made Christy Marvin’s performance Saturday all the more impressive. She torched the women’s field, winning her first Crow Pass race by more than 23 minutes.