Patriots cruise into medium schools division semifinals

NORTH POLE-The North Pole Patriots did their damage in the first half and it all started with an impressive 28 point first quarter as they dominate Ketchikan 55-6 on Patriot Pride Field tonight.

The Patriot offense didn't look all that sharp in the first quarter as they faced a team they beat 61-6 in their third game of the regular season. On their third possession that's when they started their charge.

Sophomore quarterback Garrett Sommer connected with wide receiver Khalil Steward, who was returning to his first action from a knee injury, on a fourth and five. Steward broke a tackle then broke to the outside for 63 yard gain that brought North Pole into their first red zone trip. Two plays later Sommer threw to Rice University commit Lance Wright for 14 yard touchdown pass. North Pole 7-0 with 6:28 in the first quarter.

Only 43 seconds ticked off the clock before North Pole found the end zone again. Ketchikan had a quick three and out but had a bad snap on the punt attempt that gave the Patriots the ball at the 30. On the first play of North Pole's possession Sommer goes up to Wright who catches the ball at the five then turns stretches out to break the plane for the touchdown.

This pair connected one more time on their next possession and Sommer three beautiful pass that hit Wright in stride and Wright he went into the endzone untouched for a 46 yard score. It was 21-0 North pole with 4:15 to go in the first. Wright had three touchdowns and 95 yards catching in that opening quarter.

Then with 1:16 to go in the first quarter the Patriots put it on the ground. After a good punt return from Jordan Copeland and a 30 yard run from Sommer senior running back Brady Crane scored from ten 10 yards out.

The Patriots offense had great field position all night because of their defense and special teams play. Jordan Copeland had a number of great punt returns that gave the offense a short field to work with.

North Pole led 48-0 at halftime and go on to win 55-6. The Patriots will play Soldotna, who hasn't lost a game all season, next week in the medium schools division state semifinals.