FAIRBANKS-It was the annual Mayor's Bowl at Lathrop stadium last night. The #4 ranked large school Lathrop Malemutes hosted the #4 medium ranked North Pole Patriots for homecoming. It was also senior night for the Malemutes. 13 seniors were honored before kickoff. But the Patriots spoiled all the pomp and circumstance in their 28-13 victory.
Lathrop got off to a good start as senior Jociece Cannon scored on a 57 yard run on just the third offensive play for Lathrop. It gave his team a 7-0 lead. The Patriots came back answered with their own running game. Sophomore Garret Sommers, junior running back Deaundre Campbell and senior runnig back Brady Crane all marched the Patriots into the redzone on a 70 plus yard drive. It was capped by Crane's one yard plunge into the endzone. The extra point was no good so Lathrop had a slim 7-6 lead.
Some controversy reared its ugly head in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Robert Tanner pumped faked threw a deep pass to Cannon who appeare caught it over two defenders and fell in the endzone for what he thought was a touchdown. However, the sideline judge ruled it incomplete even though it appeared Cannon got both feet in bounds.
On the ensuing possession Sommers connected with Omar Chapman for a big plays play to get North Pole in the redzone. Two plays later Crane caught a quick screen pass reversed field and rumbled his way to the goal line shedding tacklers as he crossed the plane from 18 yards out. North Pole's two point conversion was no good after the score and they led 12-7 with under five minutes to go in the second quarter.
The Patriots would go on to spoil Lathrop's senior night and homecoming with a 28-13 win. North Pole improves to 6-1 on the year on their way to the playoffs.
Lathrop is on their way to the postseason as well. But after starting 4-0 they've lost three of their last four and finish the regular season with a 5-3 record.
The Ravens close the season out strong with a 41-14 win over the Voznesenka Cougars in Fritz Creek last night. Eielson ends the year with a 5-3 overall record and a 5-1 Greatland conference record.
The Monroe Rams visit the Nikiski Bulldogs today. The Bulldogs are 5-0 in the Greatland and are coming off a win over Eielson. But if the Rams win the Bulldogs, Ravens and Rams will all have a 5-1 conference record.