WASILLA — The Wasilla Warriors had success on the ground, a few big plays through the air and stormed to a 42-0 win over West Valley Aug. 27 at Wasilla High School’s Veterans Memorial Field.
“It’s been a process to get to what we were expecting to have and I think we’re starting to take pretty significant steps toward that, being able to tie everything together into a complete offensive system,” Wasilla head coach Matt Jaronik said after the win.
The Warriors finished with 348 total yards in the win, 185 rushing and 163 passing.
“The idea was to marry the running game with the passing game, and that’s a good thing when those to things sync up,” Jaroink said.
Senior quarterback Jacob Mahoney accounted for four of his team’s six touchdowns. Mahoney finished 8 of 9 for 163 yards passing and two touchdowns. He added touchdown runs of 1 and 29 yards.
Jaronik said Mahoney has been a part of the Wasilla football program for the last four seasons, and is taking advantage of his opportunity as his team’s first-year starting quarterback.
“He’s done the right work,” Jaronik said. “He committed himself in the offseason, and we’re starting to see it now.”
Mahoney hit Dylan Jeffus on a slant for a 19-yard scoring pass late in the second quarter. About two minutes later, he connected with Timothy Grisso on a 15-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors the 28-0 lead.
Mahoney added a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 28 seconds left in the second to give Wasilla the 35-0 advantage at the break.
Mahoney’s 29-yard touchdown run came midway through the third.
Grisso gave Wasilla an early lead with a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Izaiah Lattin broke free for a 52-yard touchdown run later in the first.
The Wasilla defense held West Valley to 86 total yards, 82 yards rushing and four yards passing. Twenty-two of those yards came on one run late in the fourth quarter.
Wasilla improved to 3-0 with the win. The Warriors host Colony Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wasilla High.
Colony 34, South Anchorage 31Senior quarterback Harvey Pullen used four touchdowns to lead Colony to a 34-31 Cook Inlet Conference win over South Anchorage Aug. 28 in Anchorage.
Pullen rushed for three scores in the win. He was also 19 of 28 for 258 yards. Pullen connected with Xander Freeman on an 8-yard touchdown pass.
Jack Nash rushed for 60 yards and a score. Tanner Thornhill led Colony with 76 yards rushing on 15 carries. Jayce Underwood caught a team-high nine passes for 108 yards.
Redington 48, Barrow 32Redington quarterback Wayde Bowman used five total touchdowns to lead Redington to a 48-32 win over Barrow Aug. 27 at Redington.
Redington moved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The victory over Barrow was Redington’s first in school history.
Bowman finished 10 of 14 for 194 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for another score.
Jaden Spaulding led the Huskies with 153 yards rushing and a score. Trevor Bowman grabbed two touchdown receptions. Spaulding and Logan Seymore also caught touchdown passes.
Bartlett 22, Palmer 15Bartlett scored a 22-15 nonconference win over Palmer Aug. 28 in Anchorage. Isaac Perkins used a 31-yard touchdown run to give Palmer the early lead. Lucas Frank added a 6-yard scoring run.
Palmer hosts Eagle River Friday at 7 p.m. at Palmer High School.
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