By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Eielson hands Seahawks first loss

 

August 24, 2017 | View PDF



The Eielson High School Ravens rolled up 552 total yards of offense and dealt the Seward Seahawks a tough 56-0 setback on Saturday at Buck Nystrom Field at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks.

With the win, the defending Division III state champions improved their season record to 2-0. Seward slipped to 1-1.

“We got a good education,” said Seward head coach Kelly Cinereski. “They’re a good team.”

The Ravens didn’t waste any time in taking the upper hand. Eielson reeled off 27 unanswered points in the first quarter and never looked back.

Just 13 seconds into the contest, Eielson running back Jeremiah Brown took a handoff and raced 49 yards for a touchdown. He tacked on a 41-yard touchdown romp on the Ravens’ ensuing possession.

Eielson closed out the first quarter with touchdown runs of 47 by Jayden Manibusan and 1 yard by sophomore quarterback Payton DeVaughn.

Beau Freiberg and the SHS defense did throw a scare into the Ravens early into the game. After Eielson had driven to the Seward 9, Freiberg scooped up a fumble and returned it 70 yards in the other direction. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, Freiberg was stripped of the ball at the end of the return.

Eielson got back into the scoring mode in the second. DeVaughn completed a pair of long touchdown passes to Christen Bolten and helped the Ravens push their lead to 41-0 at the half.

DeVaughn, who finished the game with 114 yards passing, hooked up with Bolten on TD passes of 31 and 83 yards.

Eielson closed out its scoring with a 10-yard run by running back Jiro Dobashi-Noa in the third. They tacked on a safety later in the period after Seward fumbled the snap on a punting attempt from their own end zone.

As a team, Seward rolled up just 69 total yards, including 65 rushing.

Freiberg, who is averaging almost 150 yards per game this season, led all SHS rushers with 42 yards on 12 carries.

Eielson rushed for 438 yards and six touchdowns in the contest.

 

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