FAIRBANKS-Some things have changed over at West Valley for 2013 football season. They bring in Kyle Allison. His first year as head coach for the Wolfpack. He was the offensive coordinator last year West Valley who went 4-5 and finished third in the Railbelt. Allison replaced John Patterson so it was almost a promotion within.
Allison has four years of coaching experience and all ready he is trying to establish some essential things in his program. One of them is the mental aspect of the game. They literally step through a lot of their plays to get them down right.
He also has some goals that he wants his team to be able to accomplish both on and off the field.
"The only goal I have everyday for them is just come out and be ready to compete. We just want to get better, that's all I ask of these kids everyday. I feel that if they come out to compete, be ready physically and mentally that the outcome is going to be a victory for all of us," Allison said. "That's not just saying it's going to be a win or loss victory that just means that they're getting better and they understand what they need to do to prepare for a game. Also becoming a young adult in their life also."
As far as the players everyone knows Chuck. Charles Sudduth. The junior picked of seven passes and returned three for scores. He was the Railbelt defensive player of the year as a sophomore. As well as playing safety he could also see time under center.
But he can't do it alone. That's where Jaxson Brooks and Trusty Sigmon step in. Sigmon and Brooks feel this defense can do great things given that they've been together for so long.
Sigmon, a senior defenisive lineman, said,"Just kind of, the same group of guys. Freshmen year through senior year and we're just ready to do it."
Playing on the third level, Brooks, a junior defensive back said the conditioning will help them be an even better defense as well. The Wolfpack allowed the second fewest points in the Railbelt.
"[Our] conditioning is helping us out a lot getting faster and stronger. We're kind of revolving around last year's defense. We're switching it up a little bit so we're expecting a lot this year," Brooks said.
West Valley will be the only Interior team to open the season on the road. They travel to Chugiak to take on Mustangs at 3 pm this Saturday. The Mustangs finished 2-6 last year for sixth in the Cook Inlet Conference. But West Valley is excited to kick this season off whether its home or on the road.
"It's a little different but it's a lot easier when we have a day to rest. We're going down Friday play Saturday so we just have to be ready," Sigmon said.
"Once we go down there it's all business. We're going to go down there and take care of business and hopefully come back with the W," Allison siad.