:: Solomon Thomas give chase to the Big Blue Quarterback
- Courtesy of Mark Ferlund
West Dominates Hamilton 42-7
Brian Park

After losing their first two games of the season, the Firebirds (2-2, 1-0 GMC) are now back to an even .500 record after rolling past Hamilton 42-7 this past Friday in their conference opener.

Tallying 499 total yards, the Firebirds could not be stopped while playing on the offensive side of the ball. Both of the Firebird passing and rushing attack were very effective, each surpassing the 200-yard mark.

The Firebirds took control over the game early, scoring two touchdowns in the first half and holding the Big Blue to zero points. Junior quarterback Dustin Huff rushed for a touchdown, and threw a 24-yard pass to senior wide-out Josh Chichester to end the scoring of the first half.

After the Firebirds came out of the tunnel for the start of the second half, senior tailback C.C. Brooks showed his playmaking ability by getting into the end zone twice. Brooks led the rushing attack as he totaled 121 yards on 14 carries. Brooks broke many tackles resulting in an 8.6 yards per carry average. Though the Firebirds played well on the offensive side of the ball, the Firebird defense was the key to victory. The defense held the Big Blue rushing attack to negative yardage throughout the course of the game. Hamilton was only able to execute 44 total yards for the game. The Firebird defense forced the Big Blue to punt eight times, intercepted the ball twice, and only allowed Hamilton to convert two of twelve 3rd down situations.

The Firebirds will look to post a winning record as they play their first game at Lakota West against GMC foe, Sycamore.

Game Notes: After Friday nights game against Hamilton, Josh Chichester now leads the GMC with 408 receiving yards. Quarterback Dustin Huff is now second in the GMC with 711 passing yards.

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Athlete of the Week
J.C. Casper, Senior
Football
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Natalie Flotner, Freshman
Tennis
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Player Profile
Alex Kaufman, Junior
Football

Claim to Fame:
I'm the oldest of 5 boys in my family

Who would play you in a movie:
Vince Vaughn

Favorite Pre Game Meal:
Skyline/Subway

Future Plans:
Majoy in engineering, play college football

Favorite Song:
Everyday - Dave Matthews Band

Who are your role models:
My Dad, Lance Armstrong

Pre Game Rituals:
After team meal, I go sit in my locker at the Field house, close my eyes, and play the whole game in my head.