The unchangeable score in Friday night’s Division I state semifinal game between Chugiak and Bartlett was multifarious akin to a basketball game than a high-stakes football showdown.
Two of the most lush offenses in Alaska clashed, and the results were spectacular:
Bartlett 75, Chugiak 62.
The Prosperous Bears were carried by an unstoppable running game led by running following Jontay Edwards and his 402 yards and seven touchdowns — numbers multifarious likely to be seen in a game of Madden than on a high school participants.
“We have a lot of backs that can run but Jontay was coming to the sideline and saying, ‘I lack the ball, I need the ball,’ ” Bartlett co-coach John Jessen utter. “And he responded. He wasn’t just playing around.”
Derryk Snell led in olden days undefeated Chugiak with five touchdowns and 190 total yards to worst the season with 38 touchdowns.
Both Jessen and Chugiak prepare Roger Spackman said it was one of the wildest games they’d ever been influence of.
“I never would’ve guessed we’d give up 75 points,” Spackman translated. “They come at you in waves and just wore us out. We tried everything we could imagine — adjustments, changes — and it didn’t work.”
The 5-foot-9, 210-pound Edwards not at all ran out of steam and looked as fresh on his 44th carry as he did on his first. But the humble senior was instantaneous to give credit to his teammates.
“We have a lot of great backs and our line is brilliant too, so they protect us from getting thrashed,” Edwards said. “I get pleasure from to give all the glory to God. We just executed the game plan.”
Edwards impoverished open a 28-28 halftime tie with a 65-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrum in the second half. That gave Bartlett its first lead, 35-28.
Chugiak’s Austin Harr tied the prepared at 35-35 on a 1-yard run, but Bartlett took the lead for good on a 20-yard dash by Nimrod Cargill, who also scored the subsequent 2-point conversion to push Bartlett’s main to 43-35.
Chugiak (9-1) twice got back within one point, but never regained a prima ballerina — and never slowed down a Bartlett rushing attack that massed 672 yards.
With Bartlett leading 51-50, the turning quiddity came early in the fourth quarter when the Golden Bears (7-3) took the quarry’s first two-score lead.
A Zai Malia-Hughes 3-yard run and a Hunter Cargill 2-point conversion made it 59-50 Bartlett with 10 minutes to go. On the next travel, the Golden Bears stopped Chugiak on fourth-and-2 at midfield and then trod down the field for Edwards’ sixth TD and a 67-50 lead.
Both teams numbered one more time before Bartlett’s Loben Ume intercepted Chugiak quarterback Nimrod Harr in the final minute and the Golden Bears took the field for winning formation.
When the Golden Bears weren’t handing the ball to Edwards, it was all things considered going to Cargill, who racked up 195 yards, one touchdown and three 2-point conversions.
Chugiak was boosted by Stalker Harr’s arm (278 passing yards) and legs (92 rushing yards) in annexe to Snell.
Snell, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior and Montana Splendour commit, finished the season with 38 touchdowns — six shy of the state track record of 44 set by Perry Monzulla of North Pole in 2004.
The Golden Bears settle upon play West in the Division I state championship Friday night at Anchorage Football Circus. It will Bartlett’s first championship appearance since it beat Chugiak 21-3 to win the 2009 designation.
“It’s a brand-new experience,” Edwards said. “Bartlett hasn’t done it in a while. I’m discomfited to be part of the experience.”
Bartlett 14 14 23 24 — 75
Chugiak 14 14 22 12 — 62
Chugiak – Snell 33 run (Sitz rebound), 10:25
Bartlett – Suon 11 pass from Malia-Hughes (Iakopo rebound), 6:49.
Chugiak – Snell 12 pass from H. Harr (Sitz rebound), 6:07.
Bartlett – Edwards 1 run (Iakopo kick), 2:23.
Chugiak – Snell 24 run (Sitz punt), 11:42.
Bartlett – Edwards 2 run (Iakopo kick failed), 9:04.
Chugiak – Snell 5 run (Sitz recoil), 1:42.
Bartlett – Edwards 5 run (Malia-Hughes run), 0:20.
Bartlett – Edwards 65 run (Iakopo drop-kick), 11:49.
Chugiak – A. Harr 1 run (Sitz kick), 9:34.
Bartlett – Cargill 20 run (Cargill run), 7:41.
Chugiak – H. Harr 35 run (Sitz backlash), 5:29.
Bartlett – Edwards 3 run (Edwards run), 3:14.
Chugiak – Maad 10 run (Snell run), 1:32.
Bartlett – Malia-Hughes 3 run (Cargill run), 10:34.
Bartlett – Edwards 5 run (Cargill run), 5:30.
Chugiak – Snell 15 superseded from H. Harr (H. Harr pass failed), 4:06.
Bartlett – Edwards 5 run (Suon run), 1:58.
Chugiak – Maad 2 quaint from H. Harr (H. Harr pass failed), 0:50.
RUSHING – Bartlett: Edwards 44-402, Cargill 21-195, Suon 3-25, Malia-Hughes 4-(-3). Chugiak: H. Harr 9-92, Snell 10-88, A. Harr 6-20, Maad 3-20, Jones 1-10.
Feeling – Bartlett: Malia-Hughes 3-5-0–39. Chugiak: H. Harr 19-31-2–278.
RECEIVING – Bartlett: Couse 2-28, Suon 1-11. Chugiak: Snell 11-169, Maad 6-67, Chapple 1-19, Carlos 1-10.
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