LOCKPORT – It was the case of missed opportunities again for Lockport as it lost to Sandburg, 28-21, in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue matchup Saturday.
Sandburg senior quarterback Alec Fidan hit receiver Alan Budz with a 27-yard touchdown pass with 2:54 remaining in the game to give the Eagles their only lead in the game and the victory.
The Porters (1-3, 1-1) jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.
On Sandburg’s first possession, linebacker Brandon Wilson pounced on a Fidan fumble as he was sacked by Ryan Kelley at the Eagles’ 12-yard line.
Running back Matt Skobel scored on a 5-yard run to put the Porters up, 7-0.
Porters quarterback Deiondre Taylor scored on a 17-yard run to give Lockport a 14-0 with 3:47 left in the first quarter.
Sandburg (3-1, 2-0) scored on its next two possessions, but missed the extra point on the second touchdown to make it 14-13 with 8:34 remaining before the half.
Lockport came right back with a 13-play, 78-yard drive that consumed nearly seven minutes, as Skobel scored his second touchdown of the night and the Porters led, 21-13, with 1:49 left in the half.
Porter linebacker Gabe Lammers then intercepted a tipped pass, and the Porters had the ball on the Sandburg 49-yard line with 29 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
After two completions by quarterback Ben Davis to Taylor, the Porters lined up for a field goal from 42-yards out, but a bad snap ended the half.
After a three-and-out to start the second half by Lockport, Fidan hit Avery Verble with a 30-yard touchdown pass to knot the score at 21 with 8:18 remaining in the third.
It remained that way until the Eagles’ winning drive.
The Porters had an opportunity with 4:09 left in the third quarter. After a Sandburg punt went out of bounds at its own 32-yard line, Sheldon Snapp ran for 18 yards to give Lockport a first-and-10 at the 14-yard line. However, three penalties and two losses totaling nine yards erased the threat.
Starting the fourth quarter, the Porters drove to the Sandburg 24-yard line, after a 32-yard run by Taylor, but penalties again stalled the drive.
“We continue to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Porter coach Dan Starkey said. “We are not converting when we need and have to. The penalties at the wrong times tonight really hurt. Taylor had a 64-yard touchdown run called back and that really hurt.
“The effort is good; our defense held Sandburg to 21 points for most of the night. Their quarterback (Fidan) is good, and they have great receivers, but it was just the case of giving up some big plays and not executing. It’s all of those little things.”
Taylor carried the ball from the quarterback position 17 times for 136 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 22 yards and was four of seven for 50 yards through the air.