Patriots Flag Football excited for 2023 season

Published: Aug. 28, 2023 at 7:26 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The new season for the Patriots has excitement in the air, not just for the coaches and veterans of the team, but also for the rookies getting their first chances to play on the field.

“I think this is actually really helpful, because you never know, like in practice offense is killing it. The offense is great. Did we struggle out here? Yes we did, defense did phenomenal. So it just kind of shows you what we need to tweak on more and more, and it also shows the aggressiveness the other teams are bringing,” Alenah Sipes, North Pole’s junior center and middle rusher.

For flag football, the players are more likely to see time on both sides of the ball, but in the long run it can help players key in on what plays will work better for the win.

“I do get a little tired, but when I see both sides, I can pick up players like which side is weaker, which is better, and I can help my team learn that too,” Tiahna Guzman, North Pole’s junior safety and receiver

For a team to succeed during the season, having an environment where players can grow and excel doesn’t only help the upperclassmen and veterans. It also helps the new players who are trying to run full speed into something fun.

“The girls are really welcoming, so they’re overall, it’s a good attitude and like the environment is really nice. Like everyone helps everyone, and if they need anything, they’re there, and it’s really nice because everyone can ask questions and feel comfortable. So I don’t feel like too new, so everyone feels trusting,” said Jaelynn Colby, North Pole’s sophomore running back and rusher.