Pic by Nick Graham
(Photo above) West Linebacker Xavier Peters (#9) bringing down an East ball carrier.
Summary by Bob Ashby:
For the second consecutive week the Firebirds failed to finish drives. East had just two more first downs than West (17 to 15) but were much better in the red zone. The Thunderhawks scored five out of the six times they crossed the Firebird twenty yard line. In contrast West failed to score all three times they were deep in Hawk territory. The Firebirds missed a field goal after reaching the 14 yard line in the second quarter, turned the ball over on downs at the East 5 in the third stanza, and fumbled the ball away on the 6 yard line in the final period. Nick Hjort had a 79 yard punt, breaking the oldest record in the Lakota West record book. The previous punt distance record of 67 yards came off the foot of Brett Slonaker in 1998 and had stood for 19 years. Running back David Afari continued his success rushing with a team leading 137 yards (6.2 yards/carry). In addition to his running, Afari picked up another 63 yards receiving for an even 200 all purpose yards gained. Cameron Wehby entered the fray well into the second half replacing an injured MyJaden Horton at quarterback and completed 4 of his 8 passes for a team high total of 96 yards. Earlier in the game Wehby had three pass receptions for 48 yards including a 33 yard gem from Horton. Jordan Harris caught a team high 5 passes. Three Firebird defenders shared team high tackling honors with 8 each; Xavier Peters (5S/3A), Landon Rosier (2S/6A) and Steven Faucheux (1S/7A). Cedric Thomas and Hunter Anderson each recovered Thunderhawk fumbles.
Article found at journal-news.com (pics by Nick Graham)