FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) After Monroe Catholic's football game was canceled due to lack of healthy players, the lone high school football matchup in the Interior featured a pair of undefeated teams.
The Eielson Ravens hosted the Redington Huskies for an Aurora Conference matchup Saturday afternoon in Eielson.
Eielson had control all game long, walking away with a 29-0 victory, improving to 4-0 on the season.
The Ravens defense suffocated the Huskies, producing two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in the shutout.
On the offensive side, quarterback Payton DeVaughn did damage with both his arm and his legs, as he threw for two touchdowns and ran for one more.
Tyler Moore, Zoltan Holmly and Will McManus all manufactured Ravens touchdown in the blowout as well.
"For us to just shut them out like that, that's pretty big," Ravens linebacker and running back Will McManus said after the win. "Everyone's been doubting us this season and we are undefeated right now and we plan to keep doing that. The defense was just doing everything we had to do today. We were blitzing well, we were covering well, we were doing everything well. Our line was getting the rush we needed, like everything was going well, in our favor on defense."
The Ravens will test their undefeated record against the Barrow Whalers for another Aurora Conference matchup on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Soldotna 51, Lathrop 14
On road now, as the Lathrop Malemutes had their toughest test of the season away from home.
Friday night, they squared off with the Soldotna Stars, the seven-time defending state champions.
It was a battle between the top ranked teams in Division II, but the Stars showed once again it's going to take a lot to get the belt from them this year.
Soldotna led 37-0 at halftime, and came away with a 51-14 victory over Lathrop.
The Malemutes were able to move the ball on offense, but had a tough time finding the endzone. Lathrop garnished over 300 yards of total offense, big chunks of it coming when quarterback Jace Henry found his favorite target in Jhon Rones for a pair of passing touchdowns late in the game.
Henry finished with 183 yards in the air and two touchdowns, while also producing 96 yards on the ground.
Lathrop played pretty well overall against a team that has won 72 of their last 73 games.
Lathrop now looks ahead to their Railbelt Conference schedule that's coming up. It starts with a matchup in North Pole for the Patriots' homecoming game. The battle between Lathrop and North Pole is known as the Mayor's Bowl. The Malemutes won last year's Mayor Bowl 70-0, for their fifth straight victory over North Pole.
Palmer 45, North Pole 20
The Railbelt is made up of Lathrop, North Pole, West Valley, and sort of the outsider Palmer Moose in the Mat-Su Valley. North Pole is the only one of those teams that had to hit the road to face them in Palmer, as the others are hosting the Moose on their home fields.
After coming off a the triumphant victory over Kenai, where the Patriots snapped a 12-game losing streak, North Pole tried to carry that momentum into this conference game.
But, Palmer overpowered the Patriots with their running attack, and took contest 45-20 over North Pole.
The Moose trampled for nearly 300 yards on the ground, and a used a big 21-point third quarter to outpace North Pole in the matchup.
Patriots Quarterback Chris Lovett kept North Pole in the game, as he found Riley Walters for a 16-yard touchdown late in the first half.
Lovett finished with 236 passing yards and three touchdowns in the losing effort.
Alex Garcia was his deep threat in the game, connecting on two 50 plus yard catches and a 40 yard touchdown as the clock was winding down in the game.
The Patriots look to get back on track when they host Lathrop in the Mayor's Bowl Friday at 7 p.m.
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