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Football Report: Ulofoshio leapfrogs Moore for No. 4 in career tackles; Henry catches TD, Reed runs for one; Chambers surpasses 2K yards

by | Nov 14, 2023 | Cover Story, Football

Edefuan Ulofoshio

Washington Huskies defensive captain Edefuan Ulofoshio of Anchorage is having a career year in the Pac-12 Conference.

His 65 tackles and 45 solo stops are single-season highs. So are his 4.5 tackles for loss. He’s also snagged his lone interception in 41 games.

The 6-foot-1, 236-pounder is among the defensive stars for the fifth-ranked Huskies, who improved to 10-0 after Saturday’s 35-28 victory over No. 13 Utah in Seattle.

Ulofoshio (South) made six stops with one TFL and helped anchor a defense that held Utah scoreless in the second half.

His 6.5 tackles per game rank second among the Huskies and 13th in the Pac-12. He had a season-high 12 tackles against Stanford and 10 against Oregon.

Ulofoshio shares the state record for most tackles in a game (18) with Fairbanks’ Ward Dobbs (West Valley), who set the mark in 2005 with Wyoming.

With 222 career tackles, Ulofoshio moved past former Oregon standout Dietrich Moore (Dimond) for fourth place on Alaskans to play NCAA Division I football. Of the top 5 guys on the list, Fairbanks’ Reggie Tongue (Lathrop) is the only defensive back; the rest are linebackers.

ALASKA’S NCAA TACKLE LEADERS
362 – Reggie Tongue Oregon State 1992-95
343 – Ward Dobbs Wyoming 2005-08
239 – Ed Hall Idaho 2015-18
222 – Edefuan Ulofoshio Washington 2018-23
217 – Dietrich Moore Oregon 1996-99

Of his 222 tackles, 136 have come on solo stops. He had 31 in 2020, 29 in 2019 and 25 in 2021. Last season was cut short because of injuries.

Ulofoshio took his lone interception to the house for his first career touchdown. He’s also furnished two sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.

He needs 17 tackles to catch Ed Hall (Eagle River) for the No. 3 spot among Alaskans and the schedule looks good with the Huskies having two games left in the regular season before the Pac-12 championship game and playoffs.

At Dartmouth College, Jace Henry of Fairbanks found the end zone for the first time this season in a 30-14 Ivy League win over Cornell in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The senior tight end caught a 37-yard TD pass at the end of second quarter to extend his team’s lead to 21-7.

Henry (Lathrop) hauled in the pass near the 15 and broke two tackles to score. The defensive backs stood no chance of bringing down the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Alaskan.

Henry caught two passes in the game and finished with a career-high 64 yards. His previous high was 51 yards last year against Princeton.

In seven games this year, Henry has made 12 receptions for 139 yards and a TD.

In 24 career games, he’s played quarterback and tight end and posted 328 total yards with four TDs.

At Sierra College, Anchorage’s Elijah Reed rushed for 37 yards and a TD in a 17-14 loss to Santa Rose in the California Community College Athletic Association.

Reed (East) finished his freshman season with 66-318-3 totals and an average of 4.8 yards per carry.

At Valley City State, quarterback Noah Chambers of Juneau accounted for 162 total yards and scored on a 4-yard run in a 31-21 win over Waldorf on Senior Day in North Dakota.

Juneau’s Noah Chambers has amassed 19 TDs in 15 career games at Valley City State. Photo courtesy VSCU Athletics.

Just a sophomore, Chambers completed 10-of-16 passes for 132 yards and engineered two scoring drives in the first half before giving way to a teammate for the second half.

Chambers has racked up 2,181 total yards in 15 career games – 1,746 in the air and 435 on the ground – with 19 TDs, including rushing.

The last time he played Waldorf on Oct. 7, he produced four TDs on passes of 42 and 34 yards and sprints of 1 and 21 yards.

Valley City also features freshman kicker Andrew Nielsen of Chugiak. The freshman booted a 27-yard field goal in Saturday’s win and finished the season 6-of-8 on the season, with one of his “misses” being blocked.

Nielsen (Chugiak) had a season long field goal of 33 yards and went 26-for-27 on extra points.

Hudson Metcalf

At Colorado Mesa, Soldotna’s Hudson Metcalf registered a career-high 10 tackles in a 38-22 win over Chadron State in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The 6-foot-2 junior linebacker had five solo stops and has averaged 1.6 solo tackles per game in 22 career appearances with the NCAA Division II team.

Metcalf (Soldotna) has amassed 71 tackles and one interception. Last season he scored his first TD on a 71-yard fumble return against Black Hills State.

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