Kodiak’s first football game in 21 days was a blur. 

Lathrop jumped out to a 57-0 halftime lead en route to grabbing a 63-0 Railbelt Conference victory Saturday in Fairbanks. 

Both coaches agreed to play the entire second half under a running clock — the running clock typically does not come into play until a team is up by 35 points in the fourth quarter.

Kodiak dropped to 0-1 in conference, 0-4 on the season. After playing Homer on Aug. 28, the Bears had a bye week and postponed its game against North Pole because of positive COVID-19 tests. 

Lathrop (1-0 conference, 4-1 overall) displayed why it’s one of the top teams in Division II this season. 

The Malemutes scored in various ways — five passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, a punt return for a touchdown and a safety. 

Senior quarterback Jaren Littel tossed three touchdown passes to Dean Silva, while Kalvyn Bandith caught the other two scoring passes. 

Kodiak returns to Fairbanks to play West Valley on Friday and North Pole on Sept. 28.    

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