Preview: Wayne vs. Lakota West


By Robert Williamson II - Contributing Writer



HUBER HEIGHTS — The Warriors travel to West Chester Friday to take on the Lakota West Firebirds. Lakota West has stumbled out of the gates against two tough opponents. Moeller and Centerville beat them handily by scores of 47-14 and 52-35 respectively. Wayne comes off of a statement 35-17 win against Moeller last week.

The Warriors seemed to gel as a team and develop and identity over the course of the Moeller game. Garrett Russell has done a good job since coming over from soccer to handle the placekicking duties. Those extra points are huge in the playoffs. Other aspects of the kicking game are a work in progress.

When Wayne has the ball:

Lakota West’s defense has not put up much of a fight this year, giving up 52 and 47 points in their first two games. The Firebirds have to be concerned coming into this game because they are susceptible to the run. They gave up 296 yards rushing against Centerville and 240 yards to Moeller.

Wayne should be able to run the ball successfully against Lakota West. This should open things up for McKee to get the ball to his wide receivers. If Wayne executes well on offense in this game it could get ugly.

When Lakota West has the ball:

Lakota West senior quarterback Tony White has struggled this season. He is 29 of 49 for 340 yards and three touchdowns in his two games this year, but he has been intercepted 6 times.

The Firebirds had 263 yards rushing against Centerville last week, but managed only 90 yards against Moeller in week one. Senior running back Zelwyn Robinson is their workhorse on offense. He contributed 152 of the Lakota West’s rushing yards last week, but was held to 25 yards on 12 carries against Moeller.

Lakota West’s offense seemed to wake up in the second half of the Centerville game. It will be interesting to see if it carries over to this week. Wayne’s front seven will need to shut down the Firebird running game and force them into making mistakes.

Special Teams

Lakota West kick returner Zelwyn Robinson can be dangerous. He has 10 kick returns for 202 yards. He’s had returns for 39 and 46 that he was close to taking all the way for a touchdown.

History

Wayne is 4-1 against Lakota West. Wayne won the only playoff contest between the two in 2014 by a score of 38-3. The Warriors won the most recent meeting 28-9 at Wayne. The only Wayne loss was 31-27 in 2013.

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By Robert Williamson II

Contributing Writer

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