By Joey Slovin
WEST CHESTER, Ohio – Mikel Horton scored the tying touchdown and Justin Martin tacked on the decisive extra point in Lakota West’s 21-20 overtime win over Sycamore at Firebird Stadium on Friday.
With the score tied at 14, the Aviators started OT will the ball, and senior Alex Tillman caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Greg Simpson. But Sycamore missed the extra point.
Horton, a senior, answered by running in a 3-yard score. Martin, who has battled injuries this season, following with the decisive PAT.
Sycamore quarterback Greg Simpson ran in a 20-yard touchdown to open the scoring with 11:14 left in the first half.
The Sycamore senior quarterback found the end zone from 20 yards out, putting the Aviators on top, 7-0 with 11:14 remaining in the half.
But Lakota West senior quarterback Malik Grove, the conference’s leading passer, commandeered a six-play, 74-yard drive that ended with Grove standing in the end zone after a 5 yard run that tied the score.
Grove ran in another touchdown before the half to make it 14-7 at halftime.
Simpson found the end zone four minutes into the second half for his second rushing touchdown of the night, matching Grove’s total.
The teams ran the ball more in the second half, which quickened the pace of the game and resulted in long, nail-biting drives with ample opportunities on fourth and one.
Sycamore had its season-opening four-game winning streak snapped despite intercepting two passes, forcing two fumbles and recording three sacks.
Grove finished the night with 140 passing yards off of seven completions.
Both teams are now 4-1. Lakota West, which will travel to Mason next week, is 2-0 in the Greater Miami Conference.
Sycamore, 1-1 in the league, hosts Hamilton.