CORTLAND OH- The final game of the regular season saw two teams looking for their first win. Jefferson traveled to Lakeview on Friday night and was able to do just that. It was a perfect evening for high school football in Lakeview. Both teams came in hungry for their first win of the season.

Jefferson wasted no time as they were able to take the opening drive right down the field and score. The Falcons had an up tempo game plan and it frustrated the Bulldogs all night. The Lakeview offense was not able to muster any sustained drives in the first half. And their defense had no answer for the no huddle game plan that Jefferson ran.

Jefferson relied on the work horse Daniel Bruckman to do all the heavy lifting Friday night. The senior running back touched the ball 41 times for a total of 214 yards, and 6 touchdowns. He was the shining light for the Falcons. Lakeview fought hard all night and was able to take the opening drive of the second half down for a score. It took them just 2 plays to go 61 yards for the score. The Jefferson D was caught a little off guard and had to regroup following that score. They were able to keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone for the rest of the game. The final score was 49-7. Both these teams are young and will be forces to contend with in the future in the NE8.

Jefferson will travel to Martin’s Ferry in round 1 of the OHSAA playoffs. Lakeview will host Grand Valley in a non playoff game on October 16th.

*Contributed By YSN’s Paul Munson.