Lakota East junior Bobby Brown ran for 89 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in a 28-7 loss against Sycamore Oct. 5, 2012. Photo taken by Barb Trimble of TrimPhotoAndVideo.com. For more photos of this game, visit http://proofs.trimphotoandvideo.com/g/100512syc_east
Kevin Goheen reports:
A strong running game and a stifling second-half defensive performance led Sycamore to a 28-7 victory on the road at Lakota East on Friday night in blustery and rainy conditions.
Junior quarterback Greg Simpson rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries while senior running back Markus James added 25 rushes for 120 yards and one touchdown to go along with a key kickoff return for Sycamore, which improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Greater Miami Conference.
Lakota East drops to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the GMC.
Sycamore is ranked No. 5 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll, while Lakota East is sixth.
Sycamore led 14-7 at halftime. The Aviators limited Lakota East to 50 yards of offense in the second half on 19 plays. The Thunderhawks were the top-ranked rushing team in the GMC, averaging 318 yards per game, but Sycamore held them to 125 yards under that average.
“In a game like this you’ve got to play a complete game and both of our lines did a nice job,” said Sycamore coach Scott Dattilo. “The big thing was containing their perimeter game. They had a lot of runs on the outside in the first half because we had trouble getting off blocks and making tackles, but we did a better job of that in the second half.”
Simpson had to attempt just four passes in the game. He completed two for 19 yards, including a 17-yard gain to wide receiver Caleb Coletts in the third quarter that helped the Aviators overcome a second-and-20 situation. Simpson would eventually score on a 4-yard run to give Sycamore a 21-7 lead.
“We were determined to run some power on them, open up some holes and just run hard and get as much as we can,” said James. “We were hitting it hard and getting the tough yards.”
The teams played a 19-minute first quarter. Out of 23 offensive plays, only two were pass attempts and neither was completed. Lakota East had the ball four times in the first half while Sycamore had just three possessions.
The Aviators converted two of their drives into touchdowns. Lakota East punted once, scored one touchdown, turned the ball over on downs after driving inside the Sycamore 25 in the first quarter and then ended the first half with two straight incompletions from the Sycamore 36.
Sycamore faced just two third downs in the first half.
James gave the Aviators a 6-0 lead four plays into the second quarter.
Lakota East junior Bobby Brown scored on a 20-yard run with 4:06 left in the first half to tie the score. Nick Gasser’s extra point gave the Thunderhawks the lead. Brown led Lakota East with 89 yards rushing, 73 in the first half.
James returned the ensuing kickoff 49 yards to the Lakota East 36 to set up Simpson’s first touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run with 1:43 left in the half. Simpson completed a two-point conversion pass to James to put Sycamore up for good, 14-7.
James’ kickoff return followed a penalty when Lakota East kicked the ball out of bounds. Instead of taking the ball at the 35, Dattilo had Lakota East kick it again into the wind.
“That was big because we knew they were going to get the ball to start the second half so we had to hold them. But they scored,” said Lakota East coach Rick Haynes. “They’re good offensively. We just couldn’t stop them.”
S – James 6-yard run (kick failed)
LE – Brown 20-yard run (Gasser kick)
S – Simpson 1-yard run (Simpson pass to James)
S – Simpson 4-yard run (Cogen kick)
S – Simpson 13-yard run (Cogen kick)
Records: Sycamore (6-1, 3-1 GMC); Lakota East (5-2, 3-1)
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