Soldotna running back Brenner Furlong (center) receives congratulations from teammates Zach Hanson (left) and Aaron Faletoi (right) after scoring a touchdown Sept. 16, 2017, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna running back Brenner Furlong (center) receives congratulations from teammates Zach Hanson (left) and Aaron Faletoi (right) after scoring a touchdown Sept. 16, 2017, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi graduate Furlong scores 1st college touchdown

On the same Saturday that the Soldotna football program was winning its seventh-straight state title, one of the most legendary players to come out of the program was making his mark at the college level.

Brenner Furlong, a 2018 graduate of SoHi, blocked a punt and recovered the ball for his first college touchdown for Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota. Furlong’s big play came with 3:53 left in the second quarter and gave Dakota State a 17-14 lead over Presentation (South Dakota). The Trojans would not lose the lead the rest of the game and ended a six-game losing streak.

Furlong, 6-foot-0 and 185 pounds, also plays running back for Dakota State and carried the ball three times for 4 yards in that game. Furlong won the Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year award as a junior at SoHi.

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