In West Anchorage, the 2013 state high school football champions are looking to reload and repeat.
The Eagles are preparing to put on an air show this season: head coach Tim Davis said the team will practice what’s known as “Air Raid offense.”
“It just relies on a few staple drop-back passes, some quick passes just to exploit space,” Davis said. “And we play fast, we love going fast, tempo it up and go, go, go.”
The coach said the West team includes many young players; a double-edged sword that brings both blessings and growing pains. That’s where the defense comes in.
Dave Tuilimu, a middle linebacker for the Eagles, continues to push himself on the field.
“Every year I try to get better and better,” he said. “Try to get better for myself and my future, and especially for my teammates.”
If West is able to win a repeat state championship this year, it will mark the first time in 13 seasons a large school has won consecutive titles.