FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The pair of flag football matchups in the Interior Thursday featured a pair of firsts: One team was going to secure their first win of the season between Hutch and North Pole, while one team was going to drop their first contest between Lathrop and West Valley.
Starting at the turf fields, where the Hawks and the Patriots were battling it out for their first W of the year. Hutchison's defense stepped up in a big way, coming up with multiple interceptions on their way to a 29-12 victory over North Pole.
The Hawks finished 8-3-2 last year, but graduated several seniors, giving them a bit of a slower start this year. With new players being implemented, Hutch head coach Rhonda Driscoll believes the team will only get stronger as they gain more experience.
"Over half of are team is new, so it is just a lot of new energy, a lot of new talent, with speed and blocking and all that sort of stuff," Driscoll said after the victory. "I am excited because that means next year will be a good year too. We will get everyone figuring out kind of how the game goes and then really be good for next year I think."
Some of those newcomers are from Monroe Catholic, as a couple of the players were able to join Hutch's team for their first flag football action, including quarterback Cela Stepovich.
"I kind of like the strategy, like how you have to think about everything and the passing is really fun, like being quarterback is really fun," Stepovich said. "They're all really really fun so we have good energy and so everything is really good."
Hutch and North Pole will go at it again on Tuesday, with the Patriots seeking their first win of the season.
WV tops Lathrop
In other flag football action, we had a battle of undefeateds at West Valley.
In a non-conference matchup, the Wolfpack took down the Lathrop Malemutes 14-6.
West Valley Quarterback Tessa Lindberg controlled the offense through the air, connecting on a pair of long touchdown passes to Sheriden Blasey and Bridget O'Neill for their two scores.
'Air Tessa' finished with over 250 yards passing in the contest, propelling her team to a 4-0 record.
Lathrop's lone score came when Aniya Tuck found Torrin Johnson-Oates for a 10 yard TD.
These two teams will face each other again on Tuesday, this time in a conference matchup.
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