Lakota West continued its strong start this season with a 35-7 win against Anderson Saturday. The win gives the Firebirds their first 3-0 start since the 2006 season.
Lakota West scored first with a 6-yard touchdown run by junior running back Mikel Horton in the 2nd quarter. Horton added another touchdown run in the 3rd quarter and finished the contest with 109 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Also getting in the end zone twice, fellow junior Malik Grove scored on runs of 8 and 10 yards in the 4th quarter. The quarterback completed 11-of-17 passes for 104 yards and threw an interception, as well as rushing for 37 yards on 9 carries.
Grove’s top two targets, senior tight end Dustin Parker (53 receiving yards) and junior Tyler Jones (29 receiving yards), each finished with 4 receptions. Ironically, Jones and Parker competed with Grove for the starting quarterback duties in the summer of 2011. Jones, who has received interest from Cincinnati, also battled for the starting QB job this past summer.
On special teams, Jones provided a spark by returning 4 punts for a total of 80 yards – his longest was a 40-yard return. Senior teammate Romelo White provided the game’s second touchdown when he ran back the opening kickoff of the second half, 77 yards for the score.
Defensively, senior linebacker Mike Kelly, senior defensive lineman Ryan Martin and senior defensive tackle Adam Miller each recorded a sack for Lakota West.
The game was originally scheduled to take place on Friday, but storms in the area caused it to be postponed to Saturday.
L – Horton 6-yard run (Martin kick)
L – White 77-yard kickoff return (Martin kick)
L – Horton 2-yard run (Pence run)
A – Bradley 28-yard run (Penley kick)
L – Grove 8-yard run (Martin Kick)
L – Grove 10-yard run (kick failed)