FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The 2019 high school flag football season got underway Tuesday with all four of the Interior teams in action.
In the season opener, the Lathrop Malemutes controlled the game, shutting out the Hutchison Hawks 33-0.
Lathrop got a spark on defense, when Torrin Johnson-Oates took an interception back to the house for six points.
“Our older girls really showed up,” Lathrop head coach Lance Cheney said. “We ran the ball well enough to get into the end zone several times. Our defense really came up strong, so we are pretty pleased with the win.”
Their defense stood tall for all four quarters, making it difficult for Hutch to move the ball.
The Malemutes also put the read option to good use, flipping pitches to their teammates for extra yardage.
Cheney touched on seeing the improvement from his players as the years go on.
“When they come as freshman, most of them never held a football before. That first year is pretty rough, then by the second year their starting to get it. By the third and fourth year they’re really clicking.”
Hutchison graduated several seniors, after finishing 8-3-2 last year.
Lathrop looks to use their nine wins last year to carry over into another successful season this year.
WV Tops North Pole
In other Flag football action Tuesday, the Wolfpack's offense was clicking in their season opener against North Pole.
West Valley hung 38 points on the scoreboard, while holding the Patriots to just one touchdown throughout the contest for a 38-6 victory.
Tessa Lindberg looked in midseason form at Quarterback, while Olivia Manley carved the Patriots defense all game long.
West Valley will host Hutchison on Friday for the second game of the season at 6 p.m. North Pole welcomes Lathrop for their home opener Thursday at 6 p.m.
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