The Lathrop Malemutes went to the air Friday in Fairbanks to beat the Dimond Lynx 24-6 in a season-opening football game.
Travis Phillips intercepted three passes and Robert Tanner threw two touchdown passes for the Malemutes, who intercepted Dimond quarterback Jeremiah Maga four times.
Phillips returned one of his picks 71 yards for a touchdown. Marcus Brown had Lathrop's other interception, a second-quarter turnover that set up Tanner's 10-yard pass to Damien Coger.
Tanner found Chris Seminario with a 36-yard pass for his second touchdown later in the second quarter.
All of Lathrop's scoring came in the first half. The Malemutes opened with a 33-yard field goal by Nathan Barnett in the first quarter, and did the rest of their scoring in the second quarter.
Lathrop, which plays in the Railbelt Conference, held Dimond of the Cook Inlet Conference scoreless until the fourth quarter, when Kelley Coleman broke loose for a 38-yard touchdown run.
There was a long delay early in third quarter when Dimond junior Cedarian Brunell was carted off the field on a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital. Brunell, a defensive back, was injured right after intercepting a pass, according to media reports from Fairbanks.