EIELSON- Just three seniors return to the Eielson Raven football program this season. Albeit a young team like last season they've earned their lumps. Eielson went 5-4 overall and finished in a 3-way tie with a 5-1 record in the Greatland Conference. They want a state title like everyone else, their last one was in 2012 but they're focused on improving together as a team first.
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NORTH POLE-The North Pole Patriots football team will be doing something this week that the New England Patriots will be doing this season and that's getting through a short week.
Most NFL teams will have a Sunday and then A Thursday night game. Well North Pole came off a 41-35 victory over the West Valley Wolfpack in a classic high scoring game this past Friday night. Tomorrow the Patriots will host the Ketchikan Kings at Patriot Pride Field in the first Southeastern conference game for both teams. Wednesday is also first day of school so kickoff is at 6 p.m.
FAIRBANKS-Now let's take a look at the week two high school football polls.
No change in the medium-small schools poles. Sohi is first, then Juneau Douglas, followed by North Pole and Eielson and Nikiski. All of the teams ranked won their season openers.
In the large schools poll West is still on top. South is second then Bartlett jumps to third for their first appearance in the polls. Service and Colony round out the large schools top 5 week 2 poll.
FAIRBANKS-The Lathrop Malemutes hosted the Bartlett Golden Bears on Saturday night in the high school football season opener for both teams.
The Golden Bears starting the game off with the run game early as Vincent Lobendahn scores for the Bears on the first drive of the game putting up the first six points on the board. Malemutes tried to tie the game on the ensuing possession but the junior quarterback Glenn Maiden fumbles in the pocket. Bartlett recovers then scores after Lobendahn answers again for six after a short run to the endzone.
FAIRBANKS, HOMER-Saturday afternoon the Monroe Rams in their first game under new Head Coach Chad Comeau faced the Medium school level Ketchikan Kings out the Southeastern Conference.
Caleb Thomas scored the first touchdown for the Rams to give them a 6-0 lead from five yards away. Thomas scored twice for Monroe in the first half. This was a game. The Kings led just 13-12 at the half.
FAIRBANKS-The first race in the Interior Alaska Cross Country Series was on Saturday at the West Ridge Trails after the West Valley Invitational which was the first local run of the season for high school cross country runners.
Here are the results from the AK Cross Country series opener. 20 runners competed in three different categories.
Tommy Dahill won the four mile race in 24:01. Melissa Lewis was the runner up in 24:52.