The Redington Huskies have been working throughout the season with the hope of scoring a spot in Alaska’s Division III prep football postseason. Redington received the opportunity and the Huskies took advantage of it.
Redington made school history with its first postseason victory, earning a 46-19 Division III quarterfinals win over Valdez Saturday in Valdez.
“It’s a really big thing,” Redington head coach Matthies Weinberger said by phone. “I’m very proud of our players.”
Weinberger said the Huskies had a clear goal entering the playoff game.
“Our mission is getting one more game for our seniors,” Weinberger said. “We have the same goal for our upcoming match, getting one more game.”
Redington moves on to play Homer in the semifinals. Weinberger said the Huskies are proud of the win, but the attention is now on the Mariners.
“Our focus has to be on the next game,” Weinberger said.
Jaden Spaulding and Jahzeah Williams helped the Huskies run their way into the Division III semifinals. Spaulding scored four times in the win. He had three runs of more than 60 yards in the victory. Williams scored three times. Williams also sparked the Huskies early, returning the opening kickoff for a score.
“We did a really good job of moving the ball,” Weinberger said.
The game was tied at 6 early. Redington led 18-6 in the first half and 24-12 at the half. Weinberger said the Huskies didn’t feel safe with the 12-point lead at the break.
“It was not decided at halftime,” Weinberger said.
The Huskies outscored Valdez 22-7 during the final two quarters.
“For us, keeping the foot on the gas and never stopping,” Weinberger said of a key to the win. “We had a two-score game and didn’t let them come back.”
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