The season has officially started 340 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Barrow High needed late heroics from Eddie Benson to defeat the South Anchorage junior varsity, 14-8, in a nonconference game Saturday at Cathy Parker Field in Barrow, Alaska.
With the score tied, 8-8, Benson fielded a punt at the Wolverine 45 and returned it for the winning touchdown with 2:15 left in the fourth quarter.
"If it had gone over his head, we would have still been in good field position," Barrow coach Mark Voss told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "It was just one of those things where we got the ball to bounce our way."
Barrow had tied the score at 8 with six minutes left by blocking a punt that went out the end zone for a safety.
Budd Goodyear, who was kind enough to send two photos, said the game-time temperature was a cooler-than-normal 38 degrees with a North-Northeast wind at 24 mph. The average daytime temperature in Barrow on Aug. 7 is 45 degrees. The sun rises at 4:08 a.m and sets at 12:49 a.m.
Benson, who is also the Whaler quarterback, is pictured in the top photo rolling to his right. South running back Tyler Kim is wrestled down by the Barrow defense in the bottom photo.
Barrow opens Greatland Conference play Saturday at Eielson.