ANCHORAGE, Alaska — As long as they're ranked #1 in the state, the Service Cougars are going to get every opponent's best shot. On Friday night, they absorbed a gritty effort from East to win, 33-25 and stay unbeaten against Alaska competition ( 3-0 ).
The Cougars never trailed, and led the T-Birds 21-0 at one point but had to fight off three touchdowns from East's Jarred Laws. With the score 27-25 early in the fourth, Amu Aukusitino fired a touchdown to Nick Butler for the final margin. The T-Birds drop to 1-3 overall, and 1-2 in the Cook Inlet Conference.
Elsewhere in the CIC, Dimond posted its first league win in a 41-23 win over winless Eagle River. The Lynx opened the game with a 14-play touchdown drive to improve to 1 and 2 in conference.
The game of the night happened in the Railbelt Conference, with West Valley downing Palmer, 25-19 in two overtimes. The Wolfpack are now 3-0 in conference, even with second-ranked Juneau, a 65-0 winner over Colony.