:: West senior Alex Kaufmann ties up a Warrior
- Courtesy of Mark Ferland
Firebirds Struggle Against Speedy Winton Woods
Brian Park

From the opening kick off, the Firebirds (0-2, 0-0 GMC) didn?t look like a football team that was ready to play.

On all three sides of the ball, the Firebirds just couldn?t get the job done. The Warriors of Winton Woods took advantage of every opportunity the Firebirds gave them resulting in a 38-10 victory. On the defensive end, again for the second straight week, the Firebirds had trouble tackling and stopping the running game. The Warriors recorded a total of 349 rushing yards against the Firebird defense averaging 6.7 yards a carry. Leading the way for Winton Woods were quarterback Julian Johnson (142 rushing yards) and halfback Hosea Simpson (124 yards). Both Warriors rushed over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns a piece on the ground.

Not only did the Winton Woods offense click, the Firebirds struggled to gain yards throwing and rushing against the Warrior defense. West was only able to collect 141 total yards and struggled on 3rd down conversions only converting 1-8 times. Regardless of total yards, 3rd down conversions, or tackles, turnovers were the story of the game. Winton Woods was able to take the ball away four times from the Firebirds, whereas the Warriors offense committed zero turnovers. Junior quarterback Dustin Huff threw two interceptions in Winton Woods territory. The other two turnovers came from lost fumbles from Huff and senior wide-out Josh Chichester on a botched punt return. Winton Woods scored four touchdowns on the ground and one on a 65 yard punt-return.

The Firebirds will look for their first win of the season at Anderson on September 9th.


Game Notes: Huff and senior wide-out Vince Cook hooked up for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the 4th quarter. Senior kicker J.C. Casper hit a 25-yard field goal and is now 2-2 on the season.

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Athlete of the Week
J.C. Casper, Senior
Football
J.C. led the Firebirds in scoring with 9 points as West posted a decisive 52-7 win over Milford on Friday. Casper made 6 of 6 extra point kicks and made his only field goal attempt. The field goal, from 42 yards out, was the longest in West history topping the old record of 41 yards set by Casper last year.
Natalie Flotner, Freshman
Tennis
Natalie was selected to the All GMC team following her third place finish at third singles in the Greater Miami Conference tournament held this week at Princeton. Flotner was the only Firebird to qualify for all GMC tennis honors.
Player Profile
Sally Ogle, Senior
Volleyball

Claim to Fame:
The team put a red strip of tape on one of our volleyballs and named it after me.

Who would play you in a movie:
Jessie from Toy Story 2

Favorite Pre Game Meal:
Pasta! Any kind

Future Plans:
Attend a 4-year university (not sure which one) and major in biology or chemical engineering.

Favorite Song:
I like it, I love it - Tim McGraw

Who are your role models:
My parents (Jim & Julie)

Pre Game Rituals:
We all warm-up and play soccer in the wrestling room