The Lakota East High School football team picked up its second consecutive win Friday night by suffocating Lakota West for a 35-0 victory inside a packed Firebirds Stadium. East makes it two consecutive wins over their district rival, also winning last season 21-14. The game didn’t have its usual “end of season” meeting as 2017 marked a move to the mid-season for this classic game between the two adversaries.
The Thunderhawks’ triple-option rushing attack kept West off balance from beginning to end, accounting for 363 of East’s 437 total yards. Junior fullback Jack Dobrozsi, the Greater Miami Conference’s top rusher, collected 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries.
After a 0-0 first quarter, Dobrozsi opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown, capping off a nine-play drive.
Through six games, Dobrozsi is comfortably leading the GMC with 922 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. His 60-yard TD run, his longest run of the season, pushed the East lead to 28 late in the third.
East extended its lead to 14 with just over a minute left in the first half on the second Thunderhawk passing touchdown of the season. Junior running back Sean Church took a pitch from quarterback Dylan Fry and threw down the sideline, finding Evan Yablonsky for a 23-yard touchdown.
Fry, a junior, carried 14 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, his first two scores of the season. Fry’s first TD pushed the East lead to 21-0 in the third quarter, while his second touchdown punctuated his team’s win.
Church and Jeff Garcia rounded out the rushing attack for East, running for 48 and 59 yards, respectively.
For West, which is 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the GMC, a costly turnover and untimely penalties barricaded the Firebirds from turning 334 total yards into any points.
West had promising drives end abruptly in the early moments of the game. Dropped screen passes and a costly holding penalty killed a drive as the Firebirds attempted to respond to falling down 7-0. On their very next drive, West squandered a first-and-goal opportunity by settling for — and missing — and 31-yard field goal try.
East (5-1, 3-1) now sits alone in third place in the conference behind Colerain and Fairfield. The Thunderhawks will travel to Colerain next Friday, while West visits Princeton