:: West and Sycamore face off
- Courtesy of Mark Ferlund
Firebirds Role in Third Straight Victory
Brian Park

The Firebirds (3-2, 2-0 GMC) rolled passed GMC foe Sycamore for their third straight victory (36-14). After losing their first two games of the season, the Firebirds have managed to win three straight in search of a GMC title. During their streak, the Firebirds have been able to get the job done on all three sides of the ball.

Leading the offense, senior C.C. Brooks has been very effective. Against the Aviators, Brooks ran for 153 yards (10.2 AVG) and three touchdowns. He started off the Firebird scoring 7 minutes into the game and concluded the scoring with a 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. With Brooks effectively running the ball, junior quarterback Dustin Huff and the Firebird air attack has become much easier to come by. Huff threw for 128 yards in only seven completions. Huff connected with senior wide out Josh Chichester for a 33-yard touchdown pass that put West up 20-0 after one quarter of play. Chichester finished the game with a team high of 5 receptions and 83 yards.

Not only did the Firebird offense click against the Aviators; the defense took it upon themselves to stop Mitch Allen and the rest of the Aviator offense. The Firebirds were able to contain Aviator quarterback Allen, to 69 yards and an average of 3.3 yards a carry. Senior linebacker Kyle Blevins and safety J.C. Casper both made great efforts leading the Firebird defense. Blevins had a game high 13 tackles (9 unassisted & 1 sack) while J.C. Casper picked off two of the three Mitch Allen interception passes. Picking off the other interception was senior corner Brent Black. Black returned the interception for 75-yards and a Firebird touchdown.

The Firebirds will look to win their fourth straight as West goes to Milford this Friday.


Game Notes: Junior quarterback Dustin Huff now has 839 passing yards and has surpassed the Lakota West regular single season passing record in only five games. Dane Romero held the previous record (794 yards) in 2004.

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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
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.