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Eagle River football builds for the future

By Jake Edmonds 10:29 PM August 7, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

At Eagle River High School, construction crews are working to finish up a brand new field and bleachers. It’s symbolic of a Wolves football team that is also being built from the ground up.

Right now, their sights are set toward the future.

“I’m technically the sixth head coach in 10 years here at Eagle River High School and we’re basically starting all over every year. So hopefully we’re just starting to build a foundation this year and stick around and just keep building for the future,” said Coach John Lewis.

Eagle River has it’s own set of unique hurdles, which makes fielding a winner a challenge.

“You know, our biggest problem is we’re a military school and so we had another individual named Isaiah Banks who was an all­state performer, returner, etc. ­last year, and his dad called me last Thursday and he’s getting deployed and so they’re moving back to Pennsylvania,” Lewis said. “So it’s just one more thing that we deal with out here.”

“You get used to it, being a military kid,” said John Wilson. “People coming and going, but it was kind of hard seeing [Isiah] go because he was a close friend of mine, but you’ve just got to move on.”

With all the changes, Wilson has been a constant and he knows leading this team starts with him.

“Just a few years ago, I was looking up to other seniors and now I’m a senior and now it’s like, ‘wow, I need to do right,’ so now I just think of it as like being a role model to my little brothers,” he said.

“It’s just his leadership,” Coach Lewis said of Wilson. “He’s definitely just a great kid as well, in and out of the classroom. He’s been to everything and he’s a kid that has to work hard and that’s how he got to where he is.”

After a 1­-7 season a year ago, a championship run isn’t likely. Putting a few more W’s on the board, however, would go a long way toward sending the program in the right direction.

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