FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) September 27, 2017: That is the last time the Patriots football team walked off the field victorious. An entire winless season and nearly two years later, North Pole got back in the win column after defeating the Kenai Karidinals 31-6 Saturday.
The Patriots snap a 12-game losing streak, while also giving new head coach Mike Hollett the first W of his career.
"I'm happy for these kids," Hollet said after the win. "They put in a ton of work, showing up everyday. Coaches get to show up and we get to coach, and that's a lot of fun, but these kids, they're the one's sweating, they're the one's bleeding, they're the one's pushing; so I'm real happy for the kids, that they get a 'W.' It feel so good to get that first one. It's been a while for North Pole to get a 'W,' so I'm excited for them. That's kind of how I am feeling."
Isaiah Harding found the end zone twice on the ground for North Pole, controlling the clock and the game with his feet. Quarterback Chris Lovett found Kaden Bostick through the air for another score, inflating the Patriots lead and they could taste victory for the first time in almost 24 months. The players were emotional after the game, knowing all of their hard work had paid off.
"Man, it feels great. My whole high school career, never winning a football game and today getting the 'Dub,' never felt better." Patriots receiver Caleb Peters said.
After snapping the losing streak, the Patriots will look to string off a couple of victories in a row. Their next test is against the Palmer Moose next weekend in the Mat-Su Valley.
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