After Middletown senior quarterback Jalin Marshall scored on an 81-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, Lakota East scored 20 straight points en route to a 34-20 win at the Hawks Nest Friday night.
Marshall, who has committed to play football at Ohio State, rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and completed 7-of-17 passes for 80 yards and another score.
It wasn’t enough, however, as the Thunderhawks rushed for 348 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries as a team.
Leading the Lakota East rushing attack were seniors Will Mahone, who rushed for 113 yards and a score on 14 carries, and Chamada Palmore, who rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Junior quarterback Eric Eichler added 83 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Eichler also threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to junior Nate Mays.
The win was Lakota East’s first against Middletown since 2005. Prior to the win, the Middies had beaten the Thunderhawks four straight times.
With the win, Lakota East improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Greater Miami Conference, while Middletown falls to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the GMC.
The Thunderhawks will likely be moving up in The Cincinnati Enquirer Division coaches’ poll after this win. Heading into the game, Lakota East was ranked No. 10 and Middletown was No. 6.
Next Friday at 7:30 p.m., Lakota East will be at Hamilton (2-2 overall, 0-1 in GMC) and Middletown will host Oak Hills (3-2 overall, 1-1 in GMC).
M – Marshall 81-yard un (Henry kick)
LE – Palmore 38-yard run (kick failed)
LE – Mahone 3-yard run (Smith kick)
LE – Mays 27-yard pass from Eichler (Smith kick)
M – Hasan 12-yard pass from Marshall (Henry kick)
LE – Eichler 5-yard run (run failed)
LE – Eichler 8-yard run (Eichler run)
M – Marshall 2-yard run (kick failed)