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North Pole flag football takes down Lathrop for first time in school history

Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The North Pole Patriots flag football program have had a Cinderella season, taking down some of the top schools this year. It happened once again on Monday, as they took down Lathrop 25-20 for the program’s first-ever win over the Malemutes .

“We knew coming into this game it was hard,” said North Pole Head Coach Mat Croan. “They are tough.”

North Pole held a 19-0 lead but the Malemutes battled back to take the lead after Rachel Wisel took the ball to the end-zone on a quarterback keeper. After Wisel found Torrin Johnson-Oates for the two-point conversion, Lathrop took the lead and the momentum.

However, the Patriots had other ideas, as they marched down the field and retook the lead after Dakota Darby went up the field on a 39-yard touchdown. Lathrop’s last two drives were ended by an Alicia Guzman interception and a stop on fourth down.

“We knew we were on our home field and our girls have been pulling it off,” said Croan. “There have been miracles all year along.”

North Pole’s next match Tuesday against the Hutchison Hawks, while Lathrop will face the West Valley Wolfpack on Wednesday.

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