LOCKPORT – It was the tale of two halves Friday as Lockport fell, 28-21, to Downers Grove North in its season opener.
The Trojans scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:10 remaining after a bad snap on a punt resulted in a 26-yard loss and put the Trojans on the Porters’ 10-yard line.
Lockport stood its ground and forced a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Porters made the stop, but a face-mask penalty gave the Trojans a first down, and quarterback Quinn McAnally took it in to give the Trojans the win.
“We beat ourselves tonight,” Lockport coach Dan Starkey said. “We have to learn how to win, do all the little things right. We played well at times and I do feel good with our effort. We have to learn from this and move on.”
The Porters took advantage of fumbles by the Trojans on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead with 7:18 to go in the opening quarter.
Lockport’s first score came on a 29-yard touchdown run by senior Deiondre Taylor and was followed up on the next possession with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ben Davis to fellow junior Patrick Cooper.
Taylor opened the game as the Porters’ quarterback, but moved to a slot receiver on the second play. Taylor and Davis both played quarterback throughout. Taylor was all over the field as a running back and slot receiver while taking snaps at defensive back.
Downers North then scored two second-quarter touchdowns but a missed the extra point on the second touchdown made it 14-13 with 4:05 to play in the first half.
The Porters responded with a 2-yard touchdown run by Sheldon Snapp to go into the half with a 21-13 lead. Snapp’s run was set up with a 36-yard Davis to Taylor pass.
Lockport opened the second half on the running of senior Matt Skobel, who carried the ball on five consecutive plays for 51 yards. The drive ended after Taylor fumbled on an 11-yard gain, which turned the ball over at the Trojans 5-yard line.
“The drive to open the second half was crucial,” Starkey said. “We were moving the ball well, and then a turnover cost us a chance to take a two-touchdown lead. Our offensive line played well and did good things, (Matt) Skobel ran the ball well, and we had time to throw the pass.”
After a scoreless third quarter, the Trojans scored on a 48-yard touchdown pass that was set up by a fumble on a bad snap by the Porters at midfield.
Skobel carried 15 times for 144 yards. Davis was 12 of 17 for 144 yards with a touchdown and interception and Taylor chipped in 10 carries for 89 yards and had five receptions for 64 yards.
The sophomore game ended in a 0-0 tie.