A road trip to Ketchikan netted the Eagle River High School Wolves varsity football team its second win of the season. On Sat., Sept. 10, ERHS beat the Ketchikan High School Kings 47-28 at Esther Shea Field while scoring an ERHS record of five touchdowns in one game. “We came 2,000 miles for it,” Matt Turner, ERHS head coach, told reporters after the game in reference to what was his first road victory in three years as the Wolves head coach.
The win gives the Wolves a 2-3 record – a major change from the past two years record of only putting marks in the loss column. The Wolves snapped a 23-game losing streak on Aug. 27 by beating the Barrow Whalers 22-20 for the ERHS homecoming game. Hunter George, an ERHS senior, led the team in scoring five touchdowns that lifted the Wolves to victory against Ketchikan. He credits strong blocking for giving him a path to the end zone. Specifically, he mentioned by Dayton Denter, the Wolves’ center and a senior whom George has played with since their freshman year, and Juan Raymundo, a first-year senior who George describes as, “coming on very strong,” for consistently creating open spaces for him to run. “It is not every game that I go out and get five touchdowns,” George said in a telephone interview with The Echo News. “But I had my friends out in front of me blocking for me and I knew that if they got their job done then I could get something done for them as well.”
The Wolves quarterback Thad Heagy, a junior, and Jordan Porter, a senior, each added a touchdown to their respective high school stats as Wolves against Ketchikan.JT Adams – a junior – and Dawson Porter – a senior – helped the Wolves out on defense each nabbing an interception. Jack Moseley made a punt block that also forced yet another Ketchikan turnover.
The Kings had just come off a forfeit to Thunder Mountain Falcons of Juneau the week previous. Two Ketchikan players were hospitalized during the game with other players also suffering injuries that took them out of the game. Ketchikan has been fined by the Alaska School Activities Association for “walking off the field” – a punishable offense under state high school athletic rules.
George knows that some downplayed the ERHS win against Ketchikan due to the latter’s health. But he said the Kings weren’t a weak team at all and that luck had nothing to do with the ERHS victory.
“We all worked so hard for this. It was great to see this finally come to fruition,” George said. “They made us work for this win. That was the best game we have ever played period. We had minimal mistakes, had very few penalties and we beat the red zone curse.” As he looks toward the Wolves hosting the Soldotna Stars – a powerhouse team with a lengthy winning streak to its credit – George acknowledges Soldotna “runs its offense super well.” But that doesn’t mean he thinks the Wolves are out gunned. “We are much better than we have ever been,” George said. “I am not going to say anybody is unbeatable. They are really good, but we are going to give it all we have.” We are much better thanw e have ever been .. sold is sold got their 44 or 45 game win streak
Last one to beat them was west high. They run their offense super well. Not want to say anybody is un eatble but they are really good. We are going to give it all we have… the whole game .. minimla mistakes very few penaliteis .. not making stupid mistakes we tend to do … had a curse in the red zone .. offense having trouble scoring .. cut out our mistakes .. got our assignments … ”
Option play could have pitche it out.. he read the defense … took end zone … Porter senior running back. One of our went for two point conversions … missed three points after … Not about luck for us … a lot of peole will say this game was luck … some of us … worked so hard for this it is great to see this finaly come to fruition .. at start of sseason was superhesistant … did not want another winless …
Barrow was huge compared to us .. it wasn’t about the size . .we worked hard .. we made sure we had our assignmetns this game .. we played good .. had guys blcokging every body was doing the right thing.