Eielson Football team secures fourth state title in five years with shutout over Barrow

Published: Oct. 15, 2018 at 8:27 PM AKDT
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The Interior is once again home to the State Football Champions.

The Eielson Ravens secured the state crown with a 36-0 shutout win over the Barrow Whalers.

A slow start led to a 7-0 lead for the Ravens at halftime.

Things began to pick up after a blocked field goal turned into six points in the third quarter for Eielson, who never looked back from there.

Ryan Armour had himself a day, finishing with four touchdowns while Jaydenn Manibusen added one.

The Defense was lights out for the Ravens, who got four sacks from Brock Renson, and an interception from two different players, Manibusen and Zeb Ford.

The Dirty Birds didn't allow a single point in either of their post-season games on their way to the sixth state championship in program history.

For the mastermind of this defense, Don Fry, this marks his swan-song as he will be retiring from coaching after 31 years with the program.

Eielson Head Coach David Devaughn said that this being Fry's last game made this championship even more special.

This is great. And our Defensive Coordinator Coach Fry has been with us for 30 years... This is his last one, so this is pretty nice. We got a little scare there at the end, but the guys hunkered down and did everything they needed to and came out with that goose egg for him," said DeVaughn.

"There's a lot of relief, a lot of happiness, and a little bit of sadness as most of this team's, is seniors, last game. But most of it is happiness that we went through an entire season overcoming adversity and all that other big stuff. We overcame that and ended up as State Champions," said Armour.

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