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Anya Armstrong (4) of Hutchison runs the ball while being pursued by Sierra Howard of North Pole. Hart Pisani/News-Miner

With each game, the Hutchison Hawks seem to be getting better. Though they’ve yet to record a win this season, the signs of improvement are there.

However, the North Pole Patriots just keep getting better as well and when you have a player as dynamic as Alicia Guzman on the team, there’s little any opposition can do to stop you.

Guzman tallied five total touchdowns including two picks sixes to help the Patriots shake off a slow start and down the Hawks 40-14. North Pole is now 2-1 on the season while Hutch is 0-5.

Early on, the Hawks looked like they were on their way to a massive upset. Hutchison got on the board first to take a 6-0 lead thanks to a 5-yard scoring pass from Maggie Zaverl to Grace Ewan. North Pole tied things up before the end of the first quarter.

The Hawks wound up taking a 14-6 lead in the second thanks to another scoring pass from Zaverl to Anya Armstrong and a two-point conversion pass to Paityn Taylor. The Patriots tied it up with less than a minute to go until halftime.

The second half belonged to North Pole. The first play of the third quarter saw Guzman hand the ball off to Desi Dutra who went on for the score to give NPHS a 20-14 lead. Dutra rushed for over 100 yards and contributed two extra point rushes in addition to the TD.

Guzman took off from there as she returned an interception 20 yards to the house to make it 26-14 before hauling in another interception and running it back 55 yards to extend the lead to 34-14 before the quarter ended.

Guzman also had the last score of the night as she picked up a 10-yard rushing touchdown to make it 40-14.

Through three games this season, Guzman has already accounted for 750 rushing yards.

Hutchison will play again on Wednesday at Davis Turf Fields at 6 p.m. against West Valley while North Pole will visit Lathrop on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 459-7530.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 459-7530.

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