Soldotna and South Anchorage High School finally play football despite wildfires, other challenges
It's not the typical way the Soldotna High School Football Team travels for a game in Alaska. Yet, the Stars arrived Saturday at Ted Stevens International Airport.
"This is my first time flying from Kenai Airport up to Anchorage, so, it's a pretty good feeling," said Senior Offensive Guard/Defensive Tackle Trent Walden.
It's not the first time Soldotna has flown to a football game. It is the first time though the Stars traveled by air to play in Anchorage.
Soldotna took on South Anchorage in a game that should have taken place a day earlier, and in a different location.
The Stars had been scheduled to host the Wolverines. But, the Swan Lake Fire prevented South from driving to Soldotna.
"Plan B was to have it up here, South wants to play, we want to play," said Soldotna's head coach Galen Brantley, Jr.
The game featured two teams from different divisions. It seemed like a long way to travel for a game that does not affect conference standings. Just don't say that to the Stars.
"We didn't want to lose another week. First and foremost, we were canceled last week," said Brantley, Jr. "The amount of time and effort our young men put in during the off-season, they deserve to play the game."
Flying to Anchorage is not cheap. But, since his team did not play in Fairbanks, it's not so costly a trip.
"We didn't have to pay for buses to Fairbanks, those funds were already fundraised, and earmarked for travel," Brantley, Jr. said.
"It feels good, happy to go on this trip with my friends, and go play," said Walden, as he and his teammates played in a game that almost didn't happen.
The scores from this weekend's games can be found on the Alaska School Activities Association website.
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