• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 32s

Chugiak offense getting a facelift

By Jake Edmonds 9:32 PM August 5, 2014
CHUGIAK –

Last season, the Chugiak High School football team finished with a 5-4 record, making it to the state tournament only to get beat in the first round by Service.

The regular season was a roller coaster for the Mustangs who beat West (the eventual state champs) and Service (the runners-up). Following their regular season win against the Cougars, the Mustangs were blown out at South 56-0 and at home to Bartlett 32-9. Needless to say, there were some issues with consistency.

But that was last year.

In head coach Roger Spackman’s first season at the helm, Chugiak is switching out its old “pound it out” offense to a more finesse and pass-happy one that will rely a lot more on talent rather than size.

“We have some really good skill players,” Spackman said. “We’ve got a quarterback that can really throw and a lot of good receivers, running backs. So we’ve got to put those guys in positions to be successful.”

The new offense will require a lot of good decision-making at the quarterback position — a spot that is junior Ben Stewart’s to lose. Stewart started last season as a sophomore.

“Last year gave me a lot of opportunities to learn more about defenses and learn about just football in general,” Stewart said.  ”It gives me a lot more experience to know when to check out of things, check into things. It makes my overall game better.”

Stewart is among a handful of returning starters for Coach Spackman’s debut season, but maybe the most “key” returners, according to the head coach, are the guys who do not put on a helmet — assistant coaches Ryan Landers and Keeton Homer.

All eyes will be on the new coach and his quick pass attack in 2014 as they look for a repeat showing in the state tournament.

Latest Stories

  • Crime

    Anchorage police searching for person of interest in Penland Parkway homicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 03, 8:59

    Anchorage police are asking for the public’s help finding 40-year-old Alvin Rodriguez-Moya, who they say is a person of interest in an early-morning homicide case. APD is investigating the death of an adult male at a residence located on the 3000 block of Penland Parkway, in Airport Heights. Police were called to the residence just after […]

  • DayBreak

    Kick, push: Alaskan streetwear brand exposes Anchorage’s skateboard culture

    by Sierra Starks on May 03, 2:23

    Kicking, pushing and coasting on a skateboard is all 22-year-old Taylor Goldade thinks about. So much so, that he spends his hard-earned paychecks on two things — bills and skate gear. Goldade, who’s lived in Alaska for most of his life, happened upon skateboarding after school sports didn’t work out. There was just one problem trading […]

  • Sports

    East High girls cruise to 5-3 win over Chugiak; boys tie 1-1

    by KTVA Sports on May 03, 1:35

    The East Anchorage High School girls soccer team let loose against the Chugiak Mustangs Saturday morning, scoring three goals in the first half and going on to win, 5-3. The boys team could not produce as much offense, tying Chugiak, 1-1. Mickey Victor and Olivia Grant each scored two goals for the T-Birds in the […]

  • Crime

    Kodiak man sentenced after guilty plea in sexual assault case

    by Associated Press on May 02, 18:58

    A judge is sending a man he calls “one of the most dangerous people to come to Kodiak” to prison for attempted assault and coercion. The Kodiak Daily Mirror (http://bit.ly/1I6eZ3r) reports Judge Steve Cole sentenced Robert Zoellner Jr. to 15 years behind bars as part of a plea deal. Six of the years will be […]

  • Crime

    AST: Man arrested after allegedly punching girlfriend’s sister in face

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 02, 17:45

    Troopers arrested a man Sunday on assault and disorderly conduct charges after he allegedly punched his girlfriend’s sister in the face. On April 12, a Kobuk woman reported that “she’d been punched in the face by her sister’s boyfriend,” according to an online Alaska State Troopers dispatch. The woman sustained “serious injuries,” troopers say, adding […]

  • News

    Lt. Gov. Mallott to discuss trans-boundary issues during British Columbia visit

    by Associated Press on May 02, 15:55

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott plans to meet with Canadian officials, tribal leaders and Canadian mining interests during a trip focused on trans-boundary resource issues. Mallott’s visit to British Columbia is scheduled to begin Monday. He said in a release that he looks forward to the trip and seeing the Canadian side of the trans-boundary issues. […]

  • News

    Plans advancing to demolish 3 Anchorage properties acquired for Knik project

    by Associated Press on May 02, 13:18

    The state transportation department plans to move ahead with demolishing three Anchorage properties acquired as part of the idled Knik Arm bridge project. The department, in a release, said the contract to remove the Sourdough Lodge and two adjacent houses was made last September. It says the contract complies with an administrative order last December […]

  • Weather

    Weekend weather forecast, May 2

    by KTVA Weather on May 02, 8:28