WEST CHESTER – The Lakota West Firebirds knew their playoff hopes rested on beating rival Lakota East and getting some help from other teams.
The Firebirds took care of their end when they whipped the rival Thunderhawks 35-0 Friday night at a packed Lakota East Stadium.
Zelwyn Robinson rushed for 142 yards and four touchdowns and Danny Otakasongo had 141 yards and one touchdown to lead the West offense.
Several scenarios could get the Firebirds in, most notably an Upper Arlington victory over Dublin Coffman.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen; I know we’re not a lock, I’m not going to lie to you,” Lakota West coach Larry Cox told his team after the game. “But regardless of what happens, we took care of business and I’m proud of you.
A Tweet suggests that expert Steve Shuck believes it doesn’t look good for West:
Steve Shuck believes Lakota West will miss the playoffs by one-tenth of a point
— Mike Dyer (@MikeDyer) October 31, 2015
“We’re playing well and I hope it doesn’t end here,” Cox said. “We set some goals, and we did a pretty good job of meeting them. We ended 7-3 and 6-1 in the GMC.”
The final score says blowout but the first half was anything but. West took a 7-0 lead at the half behind a Robinson 7-yard TD run and a Jack Nguyen PAT.
East had two long drives end with no points, coming up empty on an 81 yard drive with a missed 27 yard field goal and an interception by West safety Aull in the end zone right before half ended East’s other scoring threat.
“That was a big play,” Cox said, adding that Aull is an A student as well as a captain of the secondary. “It’s hard to outsmart him.”
In the second half, three East turnovers and special teams mistakes helped the lead balloon. West outgained East 364-308 in total yards.
“Now, we just wait and hope,” Cox said.
Lakota West 0 7 21 7 – 35
Lakota East 0 0 0 0 – 0
LW- Robinson 7 run (Nguyen kick).
LW- Robinson 2 run (Nguyen kick).
LW- Robinson 1 run (Nguyen kick).
LW- Robinson 7 run (Nquyen kick).
LW- Otakasongo 3 run (Nguyen kick).
Records: West 7-3, 6-1 GMC; East 3-7, 1-6.