ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The atmosphere at the South Wolverines football practice is lighthearted but focused.
Why? It's simple.
The Wolverines are back in the state football playoffs for the first time since 2014, and the team is ready to prove this is not a fluke.
"First time, it feels good, it feels good. I didn't know that we were actually going to make it," junior wide receiver and safety Jayden Heartwell said with a grin. "I feel like we're going to do good as a team. I just want to try my hardest for all the seniors."
The opponent is someone the Wolverines are familiar with. In fact, it's the same team they opened the season against and subsequently lost to by one point.
We're talking about the Colony Knights. So it's safe to say South is motivated to make sure the outcome is different this time.
"We're beyond motivated," senior defensive tackle Henry Saafi said with emotion. "We're going to come out... it'll be a fun game, definitely. I think the outcome will be different than before."
Head coach Walter Harmon is proud of how far his team has come, but acknowledges both teams are very different than the two that played at the beginning of the season.
"We match up well with those guys," Harmon said. "We're looking forward to it."
South and Colony is this week's Channel 2 Sports Tailgate Tour Game of the week. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Colony High School on Friday, October 5.