North Pole Football gears up for the new season

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 6:44 PM AKDT
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High school football programs have been gathering for workouts and walk-throughs over the past several weeks, preparing for any and all scenarios regarding a season. While they await word from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, the North Pole Patriots, of the Railbelt Conference, having been knocking some of the rust off from the offseason.

At Patriot Pride Field, the Patriots went through calisthenics, route running drills and language of the offense.

Head Coach Mike Hollett, a former Patriot football player himself, is entering his second year at the helm. Last year, the Patriots defeated the Kenai Kardinals 31-6, snapping a losing streak that spanned 12 games and 710 days.

As member of the North Pole community himself, Hollett wants to pass on what he learned in his time with the Patriots to his current players.

“North Pole football did a lot for me and I just hope to be able to build a place that provides a lot for kids and then they can look back on this time fondly and the moments that they have here, the memories that they have here, will be a positive for them that they take away,” said Hollett. “They’ll learn that giving back to the community is important, being involved in the community, helping out people is important. “It is a cool honor to have, being able to work with so many people and influence so many kids who are going to grow up and be positive members of whatever community they choose to be in.”

The Patriots graduated a whopping 22 seniors from last years roster, including All-Conference members Brock Weatherspoon (Tackle/Interior Lineman), Skyler Denny (Defensive Back/Kicker), Caleb Peters (Inside Linebacker) and Quarterback Chris Lovett. However, All-Conference Wide Receiver/Return Specialist Alex Garcia and Guard Chris West will be returning for their senior years to lead the team.

After months of uncertainty, the players are content with getting back on the field together.

“It means a lot to me because all of us together... a lot of people live to play football, so it is really nice,” said Devon Clark, who is expected to be the Patriots’ starting quarterback.

“It has been fun, I am just glad to be out here,” said Nic Clark, who is entering his junior year. “Just seeing people and being around people is so nice because you’re not stuck in the house.”

More information regarding how FNSBSD will handle the 2020 fall semester of sports is still to be released.

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