BOLINGBROOK – With only four wins and the state’s No. 1 team looming next week, a victory was vital for Bolingbrook on Friday as it faced a Lockport team looking to be the spoiler.
But for the first time since 2009, the Porters came away with a victory over the Raiders, 33-16, in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue matchup.
Bolingbrook (4-4, 3-3) scored on the third play as quarterback Joseph Coates ran 68 yards.
After a three and out by the Porters (3-5, 3-3), Bolingbrook put together a 10-play drive that resulted in a 26-yard field goal by Gino Carcerano for a 10-0 lead at the 4:36 mark of the first quarter.
Lockport scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ben Davis to Patrick Cooper with 7:28 left before the break to make it, 10-7.
Then an interception by the Porters’ Derrius Rodgers at the Raider 33 led to a 24-yard touchdown run by Matt Skobel, and the Porters had a 14-10 lead. It would be the first of seven turnovers for Bolingbrook.
“I saw the quarterback staring me down, and when he threw the ball I knew I had to make a play,” said Rodgers, who also recovered a Raider fumble in the second half. “That was a big momentum change for us. We had to have complete focus tonight and be ready for anything at anytime, just like a fireman.”
On the ensuing kickoff, Lockport’s Brandon Wilson got the first of his two fumble recoveries at the Raiders’ 29.
Then on the next play, Davis pitched the ball to Deiondre Taylor, who stopped and threw back to Davis for a 29-yard touchdown pass to give the Porters a 19-10 lead with 5:41 left in the half.
Bolingbrook switched quarterbacks as Michael Freeze took over and ran up the middle for 20 yards, but on the next play, Lockport’s Pat Kozyra recovered another Raider fumble.
The Raiders made it 19-16 at halftime after a Lockport fumble, on an incredible one-handed touchdown grab by Tuf Borland.
Wilson made his second fumble recovery at the Raiders’ 14-yard line and Skobel scored from a yard out to put the Porters up, 26-16, with 9:27 left in the third quarter.
“Our defense really stepped up and played hard tonight,” Wilson said. “We have been looking for a big win like this all year.”
Taylor scored on a 40-yard touchdown run with 2:17 remaining, after the Raiders’ seventh turnover, an interception by Gabe Lammers.
“This game was a highlight for our seniors,” Taylor said. “We have been working on that flea-flicker play all week in practice, and it worked.”
“We finally put a team away when we had the opportunity,” Porters coach Dan Starkey said. “We battled, played 48 minutes of football. I’m proud of our kids and our coaches. It was a physical game, and we really mixed up the pass and run well tonight.
Bolingbrook has one more chance for its fifth win this week at Homewood-Flossmoor.
“We know what we have to do next week. Nobody is quitting here,” Raiders coach John Ivlow said. “You can’t win a game with seven turnovers.
“But there were also two major calls tonight that caused a 16-point turnaround, botched calls by the officials, and I’m not happy with that.”