Chace, Furlong both score touchdowns as Alaskans face off on NAIA gridiron
A pair of Alaskans took over the fourth quarter of a NAIA football game when North Pole’s Marshal Chace of Presentation College and Soldotna’s Brenner Furlong of Dakota State both scored touchdowns in the span of just three plays.
Chace scored on a 25-yard TD reception and 81 seconds later Furlong scored on a 50-yard TD run to polish off a 40-13 win in the 6th annual Ag Bowl game in South Dakota.
These two seniors have combined for more than 1,700 total yards and 10 combined touchdowns in college.
You don’t see a ton of touchdowns from Alaskans at the college level, so to have two players both score in the same game was rare and remarkable.
Once Furlong got a step on the defense, he was gone. Nobody was catching the reigning 400-meter conference track champion.
The running back turned on the jets and broke off a career-long run, almost doubling his previous long of 28 yards set in 2019.
This was Dakota State’s third game but the first that Furlong got any carries. He finished with a team-high 73 yards on 10 carries.
Furlong, of Soldotna High fame, now has four career rushing touchdowns and five overall. In 2018, he scored on special teams after blocking a punt and recovering it in the end zone.
He has also surpassed the 600-yard career benchmark in this game.
Chace has been a solid wide receiver for Presentation for four years and needs just two more receptions to give him 100 for his career.
His only catch in this game went for six and improved his season totals to 3-35-1 in three games this season.
Chase, of North Pole High fame, has scored six career TDs and caught 98 passes for 1,188 yards.
He ranks No. 7 in school history in career receiving yards, needing just 44 yards to move into the sixth spot.