Malemutes rejoice! Lathrop takes home the Dog Bowl

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Malemutes rejoice! Lathrop is making its way to the playoffs in no small part thanks to a last-minute win against West Valley. Lathrop's sworn rival faced off with them last night to determine who will continue this season.
The numbers are in. West Valley ends their season with a 5-3 mark, and should be proud for coming this far.
23-18 was the final score that brought Lathrop to its second consecutive Dog Bowl win.
By the mid-point of the fourth quarter Lathrop kept a lead of 23-12 and though the game was in Lathrop's favor for a majority of game-time, West Valley stayed strong in a final effort to push in the five minutes left.
With 2 minutes and 43 seconds left in regulation time West Valley brought their score to 23-18, virtually halting Lathrop for 6 points.
Lathrop has won the conference title and will make the playoffs as mentioned before. They play Eagle River next Week.
"We came together as a team and we really dug deep and our hard work and preparation really paid off. It feels great. Cause we played against these guys for our lives and it feels good to come out here and beat them and play with them one more time. It's a new opponent we never played them before and it's going to be a good match up cause they're supposed to be good too," said Jaden Littell, #4 - Lathrop Malemutes.
"Last time we played after four years so lifelong bragging rights. We knew they were hungry because we've had it for three of the four years and I knew they'd come out and play it's a better West Valley than we've seen before. We knew we couldn't get out of the moment we had to stick together and get to the end of the game the way we wanted and it was crazy," said Bubba Maschmeier, #13 - Lathrop Malemutes.
"You know It was a tough game and everyone was fighting out there we weren't expecting them to be this good and it was quiet the game. We are really happy we came out with this win. Yea we like that first seed. I was actually really worried and then I uh the question went off and I knew they had a chance, the clock was supposed to be running so I'm glad it came down to that," said Deondric Henderson, #43 - Lathrop Malemutes.