Patriots not overlooking Kings in playoffs

NORTH POLE-Patriot Pride Field will be the site of North Pole's first round playoff game. They take on the Ketchikan Kings in this two versus four seed Southeastern Conference playoff matchup.

It will be interesting to see what the Kings try to do. They last time these teams met North Pole walloped them 61-6 with the North Pole JV team playing most of the second half.

The Patriots are playing some good football as of late with victories over West Valley and the Mayor's Bowl win over Lathrop to end their regular season. They're on a five game winning streak and ironically it started with that blowout of the Kings. However, the Patriots aren't taking them lightly.

"It's definitely clear that Ketchikan is not going to come up here to lay down," Patriots head coach Richard Henert said. "They're going to come up here and play football. They've improved over the season. They got some other players back that we didn't play the first time so it's definitely going to be a different game for us and we accept the challenge."

Sophomore quarterback Garrett Sommer, who took over the starting role following North Pole's lone loss of the season to Juneau, feels that he and the team is all about winning a state title.

"We're just getting prepared, all of us are getting better and we just want to win. I just keep thinking about that state championships. I just want to get it," Sommer said.

This 6-1 North Pole team has 25 seniors and most of them are on the defensive side of the ball. Ryland Ellis is an all conference defensive lineman and long snapper. He knows this could be the last chance to do something special.

"Your senior year really take each game, really like big and be like I only have a few more of these," Ellis said.

He also described the energy that both the defense and the offense create for themselves and it spreads throughout the team.

"When someone else makes a tackle everyone on the defense-the whole offensive line just gets hyped-everybody does. It's a fun a thing and I'm just really excited where this program is going."