FAIRBANKS-SOLDOTNA 55 EIELSON 19
It was billed as champion versus champion. The Eielson Ravens the small school champs hosted the medium schools champs the Soldotna Stars at Buck Nystrom Field. Tony Griffith and Ravens did all they could with a young team that missed three starters due to injury last week. Griffith broke out with this 66 yard run to make it 14-6 Soldotna in the first quarter. Griffith finished with 252 yards and 3 touchdowns on 29 carries.
But the Stars answered with a 21-0 run in the second quarter. Colton Young did it all with 5 total touchdowns, four on the ground and 1 through air to go along with 248 yards of total offense as the Stars shine 55-19 on Saturday. The Ravens host Valdez this Saturday.
"That experience is what those guys need and we got some of that today and learned that if we have a good play then the next play we can't take a break. I think that really hurt us is we kind of 'oh, good play' and we we're still thinking about that play and then the next play following blew up a little bit on us," Eielson Ravens head coach David Devaughn said. "But you know, we're young and we're making no excuses for that, we're just gonna get better."
NORTH POLE 40 EAGLE RIVER 8
The North Pole Patriots had their season opener at home Saturday against Eagle River. It was all North Pole in this one. The Patriots scored on their opening possession and wouldn't look back. Four different players scored for the Patriots with Brady Crane and Tyler Betts each scoring two TDs each on the ground. The defense was stellar as well. The Wolves didn't score until the last three minutes of the game.
North Pole stymied Eagle River's offense to only 2 yards for the entire game in route to a 40-8 victory. The Patriots have a bye but will travel to face Juneau on August 31. Wide receiver Lance Wright who had a TD catch talks about his team's performance.
"It's the first time me and Michel had played a game together and he was just getting his feet wet and you know, we missed a couple passes but we're growing as a team and we're getting out timing down with all the receivers and our line blocked great and our defense really, really did good and I was really proud of them," Wright said.
CHUGIAK 17 WEST VALLEY 6
Also on Saturday the West Valley Wolfpack were on the road against the Chugiak Mustangs. Offense was hard to come by for the Wolfpack who fell 17-6 in their opener. The Wolfpack were held scoreless until the last minute of the game when Charles Sudduth connected with Dv'nn Cooks for at 19 yard td pass.
The Wolfpack will host Palmer in their conference and home opener at 7 pm this Friday night.
LATHROP 24 DIMOND 6
This past Friday the lights were on at Lathrop Stadium as the Malemutes took on the Dimond Lynx in their season their opener.
Lathrop was up 3-0 in the second quarter when Travis Phillips, the junior transfer from Florida, with the pick-six going 71 yards to give Lathrop a 10-0. Senior quarterback Robert Tanner in his first start got the offense going with TD passes to Damian Coger and Chris Seminario to give Lathrop a 24-0 lead at halftime.
Lathrop's defense did the rest. Phillips had three I-N-T-S for Lathrop in their 24-6 victory over Dimond. Lathrop will be at Nikiski for their next game. Phillips desribes his big play and head coach Rusty Ham talks about Lathrop's defense.
"Jeremiah [Webb], number 62, he made that play because he put pressure on the quarterback and it was like an easy pick. I just thank my defense a lot, the put pressure on the quarterback all game, made it easy for us DB's to get interceptions," Phillips said.
"Just communication and just playing mistake free most of the game but we came back fast and I'm proud of these guys, they just communicate so well, they're having fun," Ham explained.