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West Valley Coach DeVaughn victorious in first match against former school

Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 7:19 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -

It was a bittersweet matchup for West Valley Head Coach David DeVaughn, who took on the Eielson Ravens Friday, a team he anchored for the past 20 years. The Wolfpack won 36-12, as DeVaughn took on his former program after leading them to five state championships and establishing the Dirty Birds as one of the top programs in Alaska.

“It’s kind of bittersweet, the wins nice but they were a little bit tougher than I thought it was going to be." said Coach DeVaughn.

When DeVaughn took over for the red and gold, he implemented his rushing offense. Eielson had tough time facing West Valley’s ground and pound style highlighted by Will Lowry-Sims four touchdown runs.

West Valley Head Coach David DeVaughn hugs it out with some of his former players who play on Eielson.
West Valley Head Coach David DeVaughn hugs it out with some of his former players who play on Eielson.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)

On the other side of the field, senior Will McManus faced his former coach. McManus had one of his best games this season, getting highlight runs and punching it in to the end-zone for Eielson. McManus played under DeVaughn for two season and says he looks up to his former coach on-and-off the field.

“That was really important, made me kind of emotional honestly because I love that man, he’s kind of like a father to me," said McManus after facing his former coach. "Even though we are on opposite sidelines it’s still a great experience, he’s a great man and a great coach and I will always respect him and love him as a father and a coach.”

The West Valley Wolfpack now prepare for the Division II playoffs when they take on Palmer Moose on October 17 at 1 P.M. in Fairbanks. Eielson season ends on Wednesday when they take on the North Pole Patriots.

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