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Firebirds vs. Pickerington Central Playoff Game Preview and Ticket Info

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The OHSAA has officially released the final computer ratings for the 2013 State Football Playoffs and Lakota West (9-1) will host their first ever home playoff game against Pickerington Central Tigers (7-2) on Saturday 7pm.  It will mark the first time the two schools have met in football.  Click here for OHSAA Region 2 Playoff Bracket.

Presale Tickets will be available in the athletic office from Tuesday-Thursday 8am-3pm and Friday 8am-1pm).  All presale tickets are $7/ $9 at the gate.  Children under the age of 6 are free.  Lakota Sport Passes, Corporate Passes and GMC Passes WILL NOT be accepted.

Tickets can also be purchased as a package deal with the Limited Edition Playoff/GMC Champs Tshirt or Hoodie.  $15-Tshirt and Ticket; $25-Hoodie and Ticket.  See design below:

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Pickerington Central, located on the southeast side of Columbus, was known as Pickerington High School until 2003 when the school district opened Pickerington North High School and renamed Pickerington HS to Pickerington Central.  The Tigers have made the state playoffs 10 of 11 years since becoming Central.  From the years 2003-2006 they were a Division II school and lost the State Championship game in 2006 to Piqua 26-7.  In 2011, they lost in the State Championship game to Cleveland St. Ignatius by a score of 34-13.  The Tigers are coached by Jay Sharrett who has a 108-23 record since taking over the team in 2003.  According to the most recent numbers from the OHSAA, Pickerington Central has a male population of 665 (10-12) while Lakota West has 1046 male students (10-12).

The Tigers currently have a record of 7-2.  They had an “open date” the second week of the season.  Offensively, they’re led by Senior Quarterback Colby Simkins who is a second year starter for the Tigers.  Despite not playing two of the last three games due to an ankle injury, Simkins has thrown for nine touchdowns, seven interceptions and over 1000 yards this season (season stats).  He’s also rushed for over 100 yards in two games this season. The Tigers also have several players seeing both offense and defense this season including LB/RB Isaiah Richardson , CB/WR Rudy Stefanitsis and RB/CB Tawain Gordon.

30-Aug A Centerville (8-2) L 33-38
13-Sep H Middletown (1-9) W 39-14
20-Sep A Lancaster (5-5) W 27-12
27-Sep H Reynoldsburg (5-5) W 28-17
4-Oct A Pickerington North (9-1) L 14-49
11-Oct A Grove City (6-4) W 32-29
18-Oct H Newark (1-9) W 35-12
25-Oct A Groveport-Madison (1-9) W 41-14
1-Nov H Gahanna-Lincoln (3-7) W 48-28

Pickerington Central 2013 Season Preview from ThisWeekSports.com

Lakota West is playing in the State Football Playoffs for the fourth time (’04, ’06, ’09, ’13) since the school opened in 1997.  The Firebirds have lost all three previous opportunities:

  • 2004- Lakota West 7 Moeller 38
  • 2006-Lakota West 3 St. Xavier 44
  • 2009-Lakota West 21 Anderson 24

 

Enquirer Poll AP State Poll OHSAA Computer Rankings Rivals Nat. Rankings MaxPreps Rankings
Lakota West 3 9 3 88 124
Pick. Central N/A NR 14 NR 873

 

“The opportunity for our kids to play at home is a testament to their hard work and commitment to the Lakota West Football Program.  It’s a result of the efforts of those that played before them who built a solid foundation.  These young men have earned this opportunity and we know that “great moments are born from great opportunities- so boys, lets go out there and take it!” -Lakota West AD Scott Kaufman

Interesting Notes:

*It’s currently unknown at this time as to whether Pickerington Central is bringing their marching band along for the game.  However, if they do, they’re one of the only bands in the state that can swap stories with the Firebirds about the Macy’s Thanksgiving and Rose Bowl Parades.  The Pickerington Central Marching Tigers have participated in the Macy’s parade four times (1990, 1995, 2001, 2009) and the Rose Bowl Parade four times (1993, 1997, 2006, 2010).  The Marching Firebirds are participating in the Macy’s parade for the first time this Thanksgiving and plan to return to the Rose Bowl Parade next January for a a second visit.

**Lakota Local Schools Superintendent Karen Mantia was the Pickerington School Superintendent prior to accepting the Lakota job in 2011.