STATE FOOTBALL: East and West rivalry is always one for the ages

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Since 2013, the West Anchorage Eagles have made six consecutive trips to the state football championship.

In those six years, they've won two state titles-- and finished second four times.

But somehow, the road to state always leads through East.

East and West have the oldest rivalry in Alaska football history.

"I think it starts with the names, East versus West," West head coach Tim Davis says. "It's opposites, so that's kindof fun. We're a real bird.. theirs is mythological."

But every time these two meet, the fireworks are real.

And both teams wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's what Alaska football should be," West's defensive coordinator Josh Garcia says. "It's the first two schools in Anchorage fighting it out as the last two schools in the state for it."

Just how dynamic are the postseason match-ups between the two? The last two games have been decided by just nine points.

"It's gonna be a dogfight," West senior Fia Faalata says with a grin. "West and East have always been at each other's necks, and we're just trying to prove who's the best."

There's been snow, Hail Marys. Who knows what's in store next?

Coach Davis isn't ruling anything out.

"I'm expecting ESPN to call for a 30-for-30 on the East-West matchup at some point," he chuckles.

The Eagles say this is their year.

"This means everything to us," Faalata says. "We're out here practicing, trying to get better than them. And whatever they're doing? I'm pretty sure we're going 100 percent harder than they are."

So who takes it all? East or West? You'll have to go to the game to find out.

The State championship game between East and West is Friday night at 7 p.m. at Anchorage Football Stadium.

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