ANCHORAGE-What was a great Interior football season comes to an end for the North Pole Patriots. On Saturday the North Pole Patriots took on the undefeated Soldotna Stars in the ASAA First National Bowl medium schools semifinal on Dimond Alumni Field.
It wasn't a good start for North Pole as Sohi took an early 14-0 lead. Drew Gibbs scored from 35 yards out for the Stars first score. North Pole got the ball for the first time but on the second set of downs sophomore Garrett Sommer fumbled and the Stars recovered. Jake Kooly scored on a 28 yard run for Sohi' two score lead with 9:36 to go in the first.
Sommer settled a bit and found his favorite target Lance Wright for a 52 yard touchdown to make it a 14-7 game after Kooly's score. Wright would score on a 73 yard score in the second half as well.
Sohi responded with two unanswered scores and were up 28-7. But the second quarter was the Patriots made it a game.
In the second quarter junior running back Deaundre Campbell's broke three tackles and bounced to the outside and rumbled 65 yards to the end zone made it 28-13. Then after a Patriot stop on defense that forced a punt Brady Crane scores from three yards out to finish the drive. Sohi's 21 point lead was just eight 28-20. But that's a close as the Patriots would get.
The Stars offense was potent. Jake Kooly was as cool as a fan with 345 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Kooly broke off runs from 28, 41, and 81 yards. Gibbs added 200 total yards and three scores as the stars amassed over 646 yards of total offense with 581 coming from their wing-t running attack.
The Stars advance to play Juneau in the title game with the 63-33 win over North Pole. The Patriots season ends at 7-2.