Wolfpack football cruises in conference opener

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Everything that happened prior to Friday night’s Ralibelt Conference game with the Palmer Moose did not apply to the West Valley Wolfpack. Although it took until week five for West Valley to earn their first victory, the real season begins with conference play.

The Wolfpack knew this, and took advantage, trampling the Palmer Moose 30-7 in their conference opener.

The field wasn't great, with the rain and the JV game prior, the grass was a little torn up. Not helping the field maintenance folks in any way, was Wolfpack star running back Justin Cummings, who torn up the field even more, on his way to a 200+ yard rushing performance. It was the Justin Cummings show all game long, as he recovered a fumble on the defense side, before causing damage with his legs on offense. Cummings is one of the hardest runners in the state, fighting for every yard possible. It wasn't long before he broke out for a big gain, as JC29 took a hand-off 64-yards down the sideline, tying the game up at seven after Palmer struck first. But, Cummings wasn't done, as he danced his way for the 74 yard score in the third quarter, inflating the Wolfpack lead.

Quarterback Shaun Conwell threw for a touchdown to Avery Weston, and ran one in himself as well.

Head Coach Norm Davis was pleased with the way his team was able to keep their foot on the gas.

"I liked how we were able to keep our heads, keep our intensity and keep our energy focused in the right way,” Davis said after the win. “Once we do that, I think we got enough skills and talent on our team that if we play as a team, the sky is the limit."

After the big win, the Wolfpack will now take on North Pole for what is known as the Golden Heart Bowl.

“We have all the talent in the world,” Conwell said. “I say we have the best Interior team, we are just going to move forward and keep grinding next game after next.

The Railbelt Conference matchup between the Patriots and the Wolfpack is set for Friday at 7 p.m at West Valley.

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