Mike Dyer reports:
The Lakota West football team will play its first-ever home playoff game Saturday night as the Firebirds host Pickerington Central in a Division I, Region 2 first round game.
“It’s real significant for the community,” said Lakota West coach Larry Cox, who has been the Firebirds coach since the school began in 1997. “They’re learning what it’s like to have a home playoff game.”
Lakota West is making its fourth postseason appearance in school history, but this is the first at home.
“The kids have earned this,” Cox said of hosting the first round game. ”You look at the schedule we’ve played and the successes we’ve had – they’e earned the right to have a home playoff game.”
Cox told The Enquirer at practice Friday afternoon he’s team is treating Saturday night like Week 11 and keeping a similar routine. Lakota West plans a walk through at the stadium at 930 a.m. Saturday.
“It’s real historic,” senior quarterback Malik Grove said. “I know coach Cox is real hyped up, everybody’s been hyped up, the school is hyped up – so hopefully we go out and execute tomorrow.”
Grove threw for over 1,100 yards this past regular season and rushed for over 700 yards. He is Lakota District’s all-time leading passer and has more wins than any other quarterback in Lakota history.