FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On a cold, snowy night, the Lathrop Malemutes took on the West Valley Wolfpack for the Dog Bowl and the Railbelt Conference championship.
This game had it all, with defense, offense, special teams and weather conditions as Lathrop held on to win 27-24. Lathrop got on the board first with a one yard touchdown run by Jace Henry. He accounted for four touchdowns on the night.
West Valley answered back with a pick-6, as Keegan Daoust ran it back to the house to cut the deficit. Then West Valley got a long touchdown run from Justin Cummings to give the Wolfpack the lead.
Just before halftime, Lathrop retook control of the game with a 42 yard touchdown pass from Henry to Jamaal Blanchard-Davis. Throughout the match, the snow kept pouring down, and so did Lathrop's rushing attack. Henry scored another rushing TD, but that was answered by Shaun Conwell finding Avery Weston in the end-zone. With more snow coming in, Henry scored his third rushing TD to give Lathrop a 27-18 lead.
However, the red and gold would not go quietly into the night, as Conwell found Weston on a 30 yard touchdown to close the gap. They recovered an on-side kick with an opportunity to close out the game.
The Malemutes' defense decided to put the game into their own hands by stopping the Wolfpack on fourth down. Lathrop ran the clock out, and the team celebrated as the back-to-back Railbelt Conference champions.
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