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Summary by Bob Ashby:
The Firebirds had the home crowd on their feet as they brought the East/West football trophy home after a three-year absence. This win raised the West series lead to 15 wins against 9 losses over the 23-year history of the matchup. (22 regular-season games and 1 playoff game) That being said the issue wasn’t decided until Silas Walters intercepted a Hawk pass in the closing minutes.
Following a scoreless first quarter, David Afari powered the ball in for a TD with a 9-yard run. Five seconds before the intermission a Josh Laine 27 yard field goal upped the lead to 9-0. Midway through the third quarter, East scored a TD to close the West margin to a scant 2 points ( 9-7). Early in the final stanza David Afari, the West workhorse powered the ball over the goal line from 1 yard out. In addition to his two TD’s Afari gained 76 yards rushing, just 1 yard less than the entire Lakota East team.  Mitch Bolden captained the ship from his QB position with a game-high 120 yards passing, completing 8 of12 attempts with no interceptions. Four Firebirds caught passes led by Kurt Riesenberg with 3 for 60 yards.  The Firebird defense came up big for the second consecutive week. Defensive back Silas Walters and linebacker David Jones were co-tackle leaders with 6 each. In addition, Walters intercepted an East pass in the closing minute to virtually ended the Hawks chances.

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