The North Pole High School football team dropped its week three contest 26-13 to the Eagle River Wolves on the road on Saturday.
The Wolves scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter and held the seven point lead through the third quarter.
Patriot quarterback Chris Lovett connected with wide receiver Alex Garcia for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Eagle River found the end zone three times in the final quarter, twice rushing and once receiving, to hold the lead.
“The defense played lights out for most of the game and they just kind of got gassed at the end,” Patriots rookie head coach Mike Hollett said over the phone after the game.
“The offense, we really struggled. We had a hard time picking up our blocks in certain situations.”
Hollett’s team, coming off a winless 2018, now holds on 0-3 record on the season.
The Patriots next play Kenai Central at home on Friday with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
West Valley 0
The Service Cougars shut out the West Valley Wolfpack on Saturday in Anchorage to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Service led 28-0 going into halftime.
“It was still within reach but we just let it get away in the second half,” West Valley acting head coach Norm Davis said over the phone.
The Wolfpack now holds an 0-2 record.
“Hopefully we’ll get back into a regular routine,” Davis said, “and of course, it’s a short turnaround week with the (Labor Day) holiday, but at least we aren’t traveling this week.”
West Valley hosts Eagle River at home on Friday with the game set to start at 7 p.m.
Service next travels to Fairbanks for a matchup against Lathrop at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Barrow Whalers lost 31-6 to the Houston Hawks in a nonconference Division III game at Cathy Parker Field in Utqiagvik.
It was the Hawks’ first win in Utqiagvik, where they were tied at 6 with the Whalers early in the game.
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