By Sara Habedank
WEST CHESTER, Ohio – Lakota West had averaged 46 points a game over its past three games, and Oak Hills had been averaging over 50 points a game over the same span.
But on Friday, the scoring was low and the defenses were strong as the Firebirds prevailed, 10-7 at Firebird Stadium.
The game was scoreless at halftime, but senior Justin Martin kicked a 38-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to give Lakota West the lead.
Oak Hills responded in the fourth quarter with a 22-yard touchdown by quarterback Matt Elliott, giving the Highlanders a 7-3 lead.
But Lakota West quarterback Malik Grove ran in a 1-yard score with just under a minute to go to win it.
“I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty,” Lakota West coach Larry Cox said.
With the win, Cox is now the all time winningest football coach in Lakota district history. Grove is also the winningest quarterback in Lakota district history.
This was Grove’s 24th varsity football game as a quarterback and his 22nd start.
Although there wasn’t a lot of scoring in tonight’s game, head coach Larry Cox is real proud of his boys and they’re looking forward to a short commute in taking on their rivals, Lakota East next Friday night as their final regular season game.
Lakota West, which is now 8-1, will have a short commute to Lakota East on Nov. 2.
“If we concentrate on execution, we’ll be alright,” Grove said.
Oak Hills (5-4) will host Colerain.