Chugiak football heads outside
It's week five of the Alaska prep football season, and the Chugiak Mustangs look to test themselves against Lower 48 competition as Chugiak heads to North Logan, Utah to take on Green Canyon High School.
It's a homecoming of sorts for head coach Roger Spackman, who coached at Green Canyon's rival Sky View before moving to Alaska in the mid-'90s. As an alum of Utah State, Spackman made sure to take the Mustangs to an Aggies football game before they hit the field themselves on Friday night. The team also took advantage of the trip South by paying a visit to the University of Utah, Weber State and BYU.
Chugiak is one of four teams in Alaska that remain undefeated, putting their 4-0 record to the test against a Green Canyon squad that's 1-2.
"They run a spread offense, which most teams down here do," Spackman told KTVA sports. "Their quarterback can throw real well, they've got some good speed receivers. They're not an overly big or imposing team, but they're quick and they do know how to run their offense."
Alaska teams testing themselves in the Lower 48 is seemingly a theme this season, as Service, Soldotna, and Bartlett has also flown out for a football game. Of those schools, only Soldotna was able to bring home a victory, defeating Crater High of Oregon and running their active win streak to 53 straight games.
The Mustangs enter week 5 with much momentum, coming off a 61-13 Railbelt Conference win over Lathrop in which Senior Derryk Snell secured 6 touchdowns. Chugiak faces Green Canyon at five o'clock Alaska time on Friday, September 8.