FAIRBANKS-After West Valley's 21-12 loss to Chugiak on Friday night. Interior teams responded with blowout victories on Saturday.
VALDEZ VS EIELSON
On Saturday the Eielson Ravens bounced back from their 55-19 loss to Soldotna and crushed Valdez 68-0 on Buck Nystrom Field. The Ravens defense smothered the Buccaneers holding them to 69 yards rushing and even had a 97 yard pick six by Coby Cain.
Tony Griffith made all six of his carries count. Griffith ran for 200 yards and scores from 78, 6, and 44 yards. Kalib Dunlap ran for a career high 142 yards on 11 carries as well. It was the Greatland Conference opener for the Ravens and who are now 1-1.
LATHROP AT NIKISKI
In another blowout Lathrop wins 54-0 over Nikiski. Chris Seminario scored three TDs to lead Lathrop scoring on a 65 yard, 52 and 3 yard runs.
Derrick O'Neal scored a 32 yard rushing touchdown and caught an 18 yard touchdown pass in his season debut. West Valley comes to Lathrop Stadium this Friday for the annual Dog Bowl. We'll have more on this matchup this week.
SEWARD VS MONROE
The Monroe Rams opened their season against the Seward Seahawks on Kiwanis Field on Saturday with just 12 players. You couldn't tell as the Rams dominated in a 63-0 Aurora Conference win. They scored in almost every way.
Rodney Guffey scored the first TD of the season from 6 yards out and it opened the flood gates. He added a 32 yard score later in the first quarter as well.
Senior quarterback Tyler Wells went off for 86 yards passing and two TDs, he added a 52 yard rushing touchdown, a pick on defense and a 47 yard punt return for a TD. Monroe led 41-0 at halftime. Scooter Bynum had two picks, one going 80 yards for touchdown and he also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score.
The defense got four sacks and held the Seahawks to 114 total yards. I was surprised by the Rams performance but were they?
"We waited so long to finally get a game and when we finally did we came out hard," Wells said. "With the few players we have so pretty much everyone played the whole game. We played pretty good, better than I thought we would."
Rams head coach Bobby Pace revealed that the Rams players were more conditioned than they team they faced who came to the field with 20 players.
"They were telling me that they saw their opponents wearing down and I was glad see it," Pace said. "They were taking advantage of it and having a lot of fun."
Guffey, who scored the first touchdown of the season for the Rams believes this strong start can be sustanined.
"I think we're gonna have a really good season, definitely gonna go positive this year, we got a small team but definitely very powerful athletic team," Guffey said.