Through eight games, the Lakota East High School football team’s hopes for a Division I playoff berth remain intact. The Thunderhawks scored the game-winning points on a safety Friday night to earn a 30-21 victory over visiting Hamilton, setting up critical showdowns with fellow Region 4 playoff hopefuls Sycamore and Mason to finish the regular season. The game featured 580 total rushing yards. Senior Jeff Garcia led the way for East (6-2 overall, 4-2 GMC) with 114 yards and two touchdowns on just nine attempts. His first TD opened the scoring, and his second provided insurance late in the third quarter.
The contest was a close one in the first half, with neither team scoring until the 2nd quarter (7-7) at half. East’s score came on a Jeff Garcia 25 yard rush. In the third quarter East fell behind 14-7, but then scored two quick TD’s and a safety before the 4th on a Michael Howard 35 yard run and Jeff Garcia 25 yard jaunt. Both of Tommy Capano’s PAT kicks were good. Howard added another 7 yard TD run to round out the East scoring on the night.
Sophomore Michael Howard rushed 13 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Dylan Fry, the team’s second-leading rusher on the year, gained 90 yards on 16 attempts. He did not complete any of his four passing attempts.
The Tomahawks FB program was recognized in pre-game ceremonies on Friday night. See pic above.
The Thunderhawks are tied with Sycamore and Mason for third place in the GMC behind Colerain (6-0) and Fairfield (5-1). East will be at SHS next Friday. The Aves (6-2,4-2) pounded Oak Hills last week 42-6 and are also in the playoff hunt.