ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - This Friday East and West will meet in the Alaska School Activities Association Division I state championship game. The title game kicks off at 7:00 P.M. on October 19 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Earlier this season the Thunderbirds got the edge over the Eagles, winning 27 - 7.
The two teams met in the state championship in 2016 when East won 13 - 7, and the last two meetings between the schools in the postseason have been decided by just 9 points. West defeated East 21 - 18 last year in the semifinals after a late touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
Besides an early loss to out-of-state opponent Cesar Chavez the Thunderbirds have been dominant, winning most games by a large margin and cruised to their second consecutive Cook Inlet Conference title.
A large part of their success comes on the defensive side of the ball, holding teams just over 13 points per game.
The 2018 campaign has been up and down for the West High Eagles. They defeated Soldotna with a game-winning touchdown from Bubba Mendoza to end the Stars' streak at 59 games. The Eagles went on to start the season 2-0 before losing four of their next six games.
After that, West turned to junior quarterback Bubba Mendoza to steer the ship, and the winning ways returned to West Anchorage, as they defeated Dimond in the last game of the season to clinch a spot in the postseason.
Since 2013 West head coach Tim Davis has been nearly perfect in the postseason, and this year will mark his sixth consecutive season taking the Eagles to the state championship game. Over the course of his career, Davis has won three state championships and will be looking for his fourth title Friday at Anchorage Football Stadium.