West Valley football pulls off Dog Bowl upset, secure playoff spot
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The West Valley Wolfpack looked like a different team from Week 1 when they took on the Lathrop Malemutes in the 2020 Dog Bowl. After losing 57-0 to Lathrop to start the season, the Wolfpack found their way to win 22-21 for their first Dog Bowl victory since 2016.
West Valley was able to secure a playoff spot by taking down their in-town rivals and did so behind the Kobe Amio train. Amio ran the ball effectively, while picking up crucial fourth downs. The defense also showed up, getting two interceptions off Lathrop quarterback Jarren Littell.
“We’ve been telling these guys from the start, believe," said West Valley Head Coach David DeVaughn in his first year with the program. "It’s been a bumpy road but tonight they believed. Tonight they saw how it can work. They leaned on each other, that’s family plays football baby.”
The Wolfpack were the underdogs but they didn’t allow Lathrop to dictate the game. With DeVaughn’s offense, West Valley burned the clock and held the ball to limit Lathrop’s offense.
“Everybody didn’t think we were going to get to this point but you know we put in the effort we came to compete tonight.” said West Valley’s senior Isaiah Leggett.
Lathrop missed on their chances to take the lead due to penalties, including a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that was called back for holding, erasing a long touchdown run for D’Angelo Tiapula.
Lathrop will end their season this upcoming weekend against the North Pole Patriots while the West Valley Wolfpack will have a tune-up game for the 2020 Division II playoffs by taking on the Eielson Ravens. West Valley’s first round playoff game is set for October 17 when they host the Palmer Moose.
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