FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The high school football season is in its second to last week with every game carrying major playoff implications. A team that just took one step closer to state, is the West Valley Wolfpack.
Defeating the North Pole Patriots 46-13 Friday under the lights, the Wolfpack take home the Golden Heart Bowl Trophy, and a big time Railbelt Conference victory. It was an all-around team effort, but Justin Cummings stole the show once again, finding the end zone three times in the dual celebration of senior night and homecoming. Avery Weston caught a 66 yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to make it a 40-6 game, all but ending the game and North Pole's playoff hopes, as they fall to 0-3 in conference play. The Patriots did get points on the board from an Isaiah Harding rushing touchdown and when Riley Walters caught a slant pass for a TD in the fourth quarter.
Looking back to the beginning of August, West Valley football was in a much different place, with controversy surrounding the program. A lot of people counted them out, but today, they are just one win away from their first conference title in 17 years. Cummings spoke after the game about the team rallying together throughout the turmoil.
"I think it means that we are all family, because I love all the people on this team and it just means a lot that they didn't leave after everything that happened and they're still here." Cummings said after the Wolfpack improved to 2-0 in the Railbelt Conference.
Cummings has some of the best patience and vision of any running back in the state, but he doesn't take all the credit for his big time runs.
"I have to shout out my boy Avery Weston, because he is kind of going crazy and it helped with a lot of big runs, so I am thankful for that."
After defeating Palmer last week 30-7 and the Patriots Friday night, the Wolfpack control their own destiny for seeding in the conference. The Dog Bowl featuring West Valley and Lathrop will ultimately determines who makes the state playoffs and at what seed.
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