Firebirds Defense Provides The Offense Versus Princeton

Princeton at Lakota West -10/12/18 (photo by Greg Shoemaker (

WEST CHESTER, ohio – On a night where the Lakota West offense struggled to get going its defense came up with two huge scores to get past Princeton. The Firebirds got first half touchdowns on a fumble recovery by Daved Jones and a pick six by JJ Ross. A Cincinnati commit, Ross had two interceptions to raise his season total to six.

Lakota West DB JJ Ross (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

Outside of junior running back David Afari who ran for 140 yards between the 20’s, the rest of the Lakota West team gained minus-three yards in the contest. It was the first 100-yard game rushing this fall for Afari who led the GMC in rushing yards a year ago. The Firebirds did not complete a pass.

Princeton, who still had a slim shot at making the playoffs saw three turnovers be the root of its demise. The Vikings drew first blood on a nine-yard touchdown run by Trey Key less than three minutes into this affair. Key ended up with 123 all-purpose yards on 17 touches (11 carries for 25 yards rushing). The Vikings had trouble establishing the run with just 58 yards on the ground on 36 attempts. A late touchdown pass from Dorian Durham to Aa’Ron Coates was not enough to make the final comeback for Princeton.

Princeton 6-0-0-7-13
Lakota West 7-9-0-0-16

P: Key 9 run (kick failed)
L: D. Jones 17 fumble return (Lane kick)
L: Ross 8 interception return (kick failed)
L: Hjort 33 field goal
P: Coates 28 pass from Durham

RECORDS: Princeton (2-6, 2-4); Lakota West (3-5, 2-4)
UP NEXT: Princeton at Mason (6-2, 5-1); Lakota West at Middletown (1-7, 0-6)

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