After struggling two straight weeks, the Firebirds (1-2, 0-0 GMC) shot out of the gate early Friday night and beat the Anderson Redskins.
The Firebirds took the early 7-0 lead with junior quarterback Dustin Huff?s 14-yard touchdown pass to senior wide-out Vince Cook. West would then continue to roll on offense, scoring another touchdown in the first quarter. North College Hill tailback transfer Clinton (C.C.) Brooks made a great first impression by scoring on a 4-yard rushing touchdown. Brooks shared carries with junior tailback Paul Bogenshultz, and senior fullback Matt Fehr. Brooks had 13 carries, three more then both Bogenshultz and Fehr, and lead the Firebird rushing attack with 80 rushing yards, a touchdown, and a 6.2 average per carry.
The Firebird ability to run effectively against the Redskins eased much of the pressure off Huff. In Huff?s minimal 14 attempts, he was very effective. Huff completed 11 of those pass attempts for a total of 194 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdowns surpassed the numerous past Lakota West quarterbacks who had held the record of two in a game. Two of Huff?s touchdown passes went to senior wide-out Josh Chichester. Chichester totaled 113 receiving yards and is continuing to show why he has been heavily recruited by The Ohio State Buckeyes. Chichester is currently 2 yards from leading the GMC in receiving yards.
The Firebirds lead Anderson 31-14 in the middle of the forth quarter. Special teams mistakes caused Firebird fans to be uneasy as Anderson closed in on the Firebirds. With seconds ticking, Anderson had the ball and put up a prayer last second play deep in their own territory. The Firebirds deflected the deep pass and were able to close the game out.
This upcoming Friday, the Firebirds will look to even up their record against the Hamilton Big Blue (1-2).« Back