FAIRBANKS-Lathrop Stadium was the sight of the first Interior high school football games of the season and it did not disappoint with an incredible outcome. Lathrop hosted Dimond tonight and rolled to a 24-6 win upsetting the visiting team from Anchorage.
The defense set the tone for Lathrop. The offense scored three points on their opening drive but the Lynx answered with a drive inside the red zone. Hoping to tie the game at three the Lynx's field goal attempt was blocked giving Lathrop huge confidence.
After a three and out by the Malemutes Travis Phillips would score the first touchdown of the season for Lathrop-a pick six. Phillips jumped in front of an out route near his home team sideline and ran untouched 80 yards for a touchdown. It's now 10-0 Lathrop late first quarter.
Then the Lathrop offense got things clicking threw the air. Senior quarterback Robert Tanner marched the Malemutes down field and linked up with Damian Coger for a 10 yard TD pitch and catch. 17-0 Lathrop.
A few possesions later before the end of the first half Tanner got another touchdown pass. His second going to runnig back Chris Seminario from 38 yards out. Seminario had a game for Lathrop. The senior running back had over 140 total yards of offense and touchdown for the Malemutes.
Lathrop led 24-0 going into halftime and the defense didn't allow the lead to be threatened. Dimond would score on a 36 yard from Kelley Coleman but the rally was short lived. Lathrop would have two red zone stands in the fourth quarter to stimey Dimond's offense.
Phillips picked off pass at the end of the first half and the end of regulation on throws from Dimond's Jeremiah Maga.
Maga will remember Phillips. Maga threw four interceptions and three of them went into Phillips' hands.
The Malemutes defense was everywhere. The defensive line got penetration, wreaked havoc on passing attempts and displayed good tackline. Phillips led the way with his three interceptions and two tackes but it wasn't just him. Junior linebacker Marcus Brown also had an interception to along with a sack and four tackles. Nathan Barnett had seven tackles, one for loss and two passes defended.
The Malemutes won two games last year and already have half of their wins from a year ago with the 24-6 over Dimond tonight.