FAIRBANKS-Tomorrow two football teams, with momentum will clash at West Valley Stadium Friday night at 6 p.m.
It will be homecoming for the Wolfpack who have put together some big wins after an 0-3 start. They find themselves with a 2-3 record and are coming off a huge road win over Wasilla. The Wolfpack defense held the Warriors to only 13 points. The offense has some balance and is clicking putting up over 50 points in two games.
West Valley is hosting the #5 ranked medium and small schools team in the Eielson Ravens. The Ravens have won four straight including last week's 54-40 classic against Monroe. The Ravens sport a run orientated offense featuring two backs. Smash and Dash.
Jahemm Prioleau provides the power running game to wear down defenses throughout the game. Dash is Tony Griffith. He's run for over 1300 yards and 21 total touchdowns in just 5 games.
The last time these teams met West Valley on 27-7 in the 08-09 season. Whoever establishes their offense first could have the edge.
"I definitely think you know, whoever is feeling most comfortable in their offense is going to kind of be dictating what's happening. So our comfort is that you know, running the ball," Ravens head coach David Devaughn said. "So you know, they can do it on the ground they can do it in the air. You know, Charles can beat you with his feet and extend plays just like we saw last week with Tyler Wells. So you know, it, it keeps you up at night," Devaughn said with a chuckle.
West Valley head coach Kyle Allison has been telling his team it will take a team effort to stop Griffith.
"Gang tackling. You know and wrapping up. You know making sure you bring him down to the ground and the whistle is blown. You know that's the biggest thing against a back like that, a feature back who you know, runs the way Tony runs. You know you got to respect him," Allison said.
Allison also said the team has started to gel after their loss to Lathrop and a bounce back wins over Houston and Wasilla.
"They're coming together is basically you know, becoming a Wolfpack. That's the best thing that I like to see right now and that's what I've think you've seen the last two games," Allison said.