Members of the Chugiak and Soldotna football teams scrimmage Saturday at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Members of the Chugiak and Soldotna football teams scrimmage Saturday at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi football scrimmages Chugiak

Dress rehearsal

On one of the hottest days of the summer, the Soldotna and Chugiak High School football programs clashed Saturday in a preseason scrimmage set up at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna. The temperatures felt searing in the midst of a relatively cool summer, but SoHi head coach Galen Brantley Jr. said the scrimmage offered a good chance to get in valuable real game experience against a perennially tough team in the Mustangs.

“Every kid is only allowed a certain number of tackle plays, so we were swapping them out quite a bit,” Brantley Jr. said.

The two sides set up from the 40-yard line for each series and worked a new set of downs in a game simulation.

The scrimmage allowed both coaching staffs to experiment with different lineups to decide the most effective starting varsity roster before the season opener in a week.

Alaska School Activities Association rules dictate that football players are allowed a limited number of full-tackle plays in a set amount of time, similar to a pitch count rule for baseball pitchers, to prevent and limit injuries.

While the Mustangs rolled out a variety of play-action and pass-heavy plays, the Stars continued their annual assault of run-heavy trap and misdirection plays, which fooled the Chugiak defense on a number of occasions.

The Stars open their season Friday night with a road game against the West Anchorage Eagles in a rematch of last year’s season opener that SoHi won 49-30. The Stars and Mustangs will not play each other this year, but Chugiak does get a date with Kenai.

Varsity members of the Soldotna and Chugiak football teams clash Saturday in a preseason scrimmage at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Varsity members of the Soldotna and Chugiak football teams clash Saturday in a preseason scrimmage at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

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