Flag Football

West Valley’s Kameryn Bartlett (7) extends the ball while being pursued by North Pole’s Tiahna Guzman (40) on Friday, at West Valley High School. Hart Pisani/News-Miner

The West Valley Wolfpack knew that Friday’s flag football game against North Pole wasn’t going to be easy.

The field had gone from green to white as snow continued to fall around them. The Patriots hadn’t lost a game since their first match of the season (also against West Valley). Still, it was senior night and the Wolfpack were at home, making them all the more determined to bring home a victory.

How fitting it was then that a senior produced the game winning score.

Junior quarterback Aysha Peter found senior Maisy O’Neill in the end zone from five yards out for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter for the only score of the game by either team. That gave West Valley a 6-0 lead that they held the rest of the way allowing them to walk off their home field victorious.

It was a challenging game for both offenses as the snow slowed down both normally potent offenses. It was clear early on the game could come down to whoever scored first.

In the end, that was West Valley.

“It feels really good,” said O’Neill. “The conditions made it really tough so it was a really sweet victory.”

North Pole superstar Alicia Guzman finished 20 yards shy of breaking 1,000 yards rushing this year as the snow slowed her and everyone else down. The Patriots will have to hope she passes the milestone Monday against Lathrop.

“I just tell them to stay tough,” said assistant coach Jeff Darby. “We’ll bounce back. It’s not always going to be like this.”

Earlier in the week, Lathrop defeated Hutchison 32-8 while West Valley defeated Lathrop 21-6 on Thursday. West Valley’s next game will come on Wednesday against North Pole.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 907-459-7530.

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