Before a packed crowd last Friday night, Lakota East defeated Lakota West 36-3 in the 22nd meeting between the Greater Miami Conference programs. Lakota East has now won three consecutive games in the series. Even though the Lakota East versus Lakota West game has been played annually since 1998, the Thunderhawks snapped a five-game home losing streak against West Friday night.
Lakota East (5-2, 4-1 GMC), rated No. 8 in Division I, Region 4 computer points standings, scored 21 unanswered points in the first half en route to the victory. Lakota East had 366 yards of total offense. Senior running back Jack Dobrozsi had 13 carries for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Senior quarterback Sean Church was 5 of 9 passing for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
After West scored their only points of the game on a 42-yard first quarter FG, the teams traded additional punts until the Thunderhawks recovered a fumble toward the sideline on second down near the nine-minute mark.
East capitalized five plays later when Church found senior Evan Yablonsky for a 41-yard touchdown pass connection to help give East a 7-3 lead at the 6:23 mark of the second quarter.
East forced another punt and Dobrozsi scored on a 58-yard run up the middle to help give the Thunderhawks a 14-3 lead at the 4:05 mark of the second quarter.
The East defense stuffed West on fourth-and-1 with 2:27 remaining in the second quarter and the Thunderhawks took advantage.
Church found Yablonsky on a slant pattern for a 22-yard touchdown pass connection six plays later to help give the Thunderhawks a 21-3 lead with 50.2 seconds remaining in the first half. Yablonsky finished with four receptions for 93 yards.
Dobrozsi added his second touchdown run on a 65-yarder with 3:44 of the third quarter to help give the Thunderhawks a 28-3 lead.
Dobrozsi added his third touchdown run with 10:57 left in the fourth quarter to help give Lakota East a 34-3 lead. That also started the running clock.
East is projected to be No. 7 in Region 4 by Steve Shuck, and plays host to Colerain (7-0, 5-0 GMC) Oct. 12.
**above notes, contributed by WCPO, Mike Dyer