FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Mayor’s Bowl trophy and playoff implications were on the line Friday night when the Lathrop Malemutes visited North Pole for a Railbelt Conference matchup.
In the end, it was Lathrop who hoisted the trophy in the pouring rain, defeating North Pole 47-7, their sixth straight victory over the Patriots.
The Malemutes offensive attack was lethal, led by the human highlight reel, Jace Henry, who ran through and leaped over defenders on his way to a memorable performance.
While producing video game like highlights, Henry put up video game like numbers, as he had 4 rushing touchdowns, and a pair of scores through the air, accounting for six total touchdowns in the win.
Henry led the game in both passing and rushing, with 195 yards in the air and 115 yards on the ground to go with his six touchdowns.
"It is the best,” Henry said of his teammates. “To be able to click and for them to allow me to make plays, I couldn't ask for anything more."
Lathrop's defense was potent too, snagging three interceptions and only allowing one score in the game, which came when Alex Garcia caught a pass in the flat and took himself 62-yards to the house. Lathrop is now 2-3 on the year, but more importantly, 1-0 in conference play.
The Patriots fall to 0-2 in conference, with just one more Railbelt game remaining,
Teams are used to seeing Henry run through defenders, but they have started to catch on. Last week at Soldotna, Henry hurdled his defender in the open field and was able to pick up a couple extra yards, before doing it again on Saturday.
“I can't just rely on trucks, because then they will just ankle bite, so if I jump over one or two of them, they'll come back up so I can truck them."
Next week, Lathrop will host the Palmer Moose on 9/28 for their second of three Railbelt tests. As for North Pole, they have a huge matchup with West Valley next week, with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance.
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