FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Lathrop 54 Eagle River 10:
In 1985, the Lathrop Malemutes played in the state championship for football, falling to East Anchorage.
Jump to 2019, the purple and gold return to the state final after taking down the Eagle River Wolves. Lathrop won 54-10 over the Wolves in the semifinals, as their quarterback Jace Henry accounted for 6 touchdowns on Saturday. Henry scored 5 rushing TDs, including one for 62 yards and another one went for 72. Lathrop's defense also came to play, including Jonathan Yates getting two sacks in one series. This was a grudge match from last year's D-II semifinals when Eagle River came from behind to upset the Malemutes in 2018.
"We are really humble and proud and just honored to be able to represent Fairbanks this coming weekend." said Head Coach Luke Balash. "It was really sweet to host a home playoff game, couldn't ask for a better day of weather and all those things. We are excited to have a chance just to go down and represent and take on the monster that is SoHi and we will put it together and give it our best shot and see what we got."
Lathrop now prepares for the finals against the Soldotna Stars on Saturday in Anchorage.
Soldotna 54 West Valley 22:
The Wolfpack fell 54-22 to the defending state champs, despite Keegan Daoust having a career game.
Daoust finished with 154 yards receiving alongside two TDs.
SoHi finished with 404 yards rushing, as they march into the state finals against Lathrop.
That game is at 4 P.M. on Saturday in Anchorage.
Houston 64 Eielson 21:
In the D-III playoffs, the Eielson Ravens ran into the rushing machine known as the Houston Hawks in the semifinals.
Eielson lost 64-21 to Houston who utilized their rushing attack to secure the victory. The Hawks did not complete a pass on Friday, but their ground game supplied them the lead they needed. It also helped that the Ravens turned over the ball five times. Houston will now take on the Barrow Whalers for the D-III state championships on Saturday at noon in Anchorage.
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