Due to excessive smoke in the Interior, Saturday's football game between the Lathrop Malemutes and the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears has been moved from Fairbanks to Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
The varsity will kickoff at 3 p.m. Saturday, while the junior varsity will play at noon.
"It's very unusual for us, not unusual at all for all of them in the (Mat-Su) valleys and in Fairbanks," said Karen Lawfer, who handles much of the team's travel. "I'm thankful that Lathrop was willing to work with us."
Smoke has been wreaking havoc in the Interior. Last week, Lathrop moved their home game from Fairbanks to Dimond High School in Anchorage, where the Malemutes defeated the Lynx 36-35.
With smoke still lingering in Fairbanks, Lathrop agreed to move this weekend's game to Juneau. The Crimson Bears will purchase 38 plane tickets for the Malemutes and next season, the two teams will play in Lathrop instead of Juneau.
"Our concession was to play at noon and 3 p.m. so we'll adjust," Lawfer said. "Everyone is making concessions and that's the way it has to be when you don't know what Mother Nature will hand you."
The teams are playing earlier, so Lathrop can head back to Fairbanks Saturday night.
"It's highly unusual for around here, because games are always on a Friday or Saturday night, but season ticket holders will get in with their season tickets," JDHS offensive coordinator Rich Sjoroos said. "That's a nice perk for the people with season tickets."
Also, the Crimson Bears' contest at defending state champion North Pole has been moved from next Wednesday to Saturday, Aug. 27.
In on-field news, Juneau will be without defensive captain Pat Kohan.
The senior linebacker fractured his right ankle in practice last Thursday and will be out until at least the fifth week of the season, Sjoroos said.
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