Lockport unable to get on track against Plainfield North
By Randy Whalen For Sun-Times Media September 1, 2012 12:12AM
Kurt Palandech, of Plainfield North
Updated: October 3, 2012 6:19AM
Both Plainfield North and Lockport entered the football season with high hopes. But after suffering opening-week loses, Friday’s game took on a little more meaning.
In the end it was North that got the big win as quarterback Kurt Palandech threw for a touchdown and ran for another in a 35-2 victory over the Porters in Plainfield.
Trent Calvin added touchdown runs of 2 and 4 yards as the Tigers improved to 1-1. Lockport fell to 0-2.
“It’s huge,” Palandech said of the victory. “Coming off the opening loss to Bradley, it was a must win, especially going into conference.”
Palandech set the tone on the Tigers’ first possession when he completed three straight passes for 82 yards to turn a second-and-34 situation into a touchdown drive. The final pass was a 44-yard strike to Matt Welch.
Palandech capped a 97-yard drive with a 30-yard TD scramble. The Tigers went ahead 21-0 at the half on a 2-yard run by Calvin.
Jay Roberts (8 carries, 115 yards) added a 68-yard TD run in the third quarter for a 35-0 lead.
Lockport, which turned the ball over three times, scored on a safety in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
The Porters’ Branden Bays had 15 carries for 85 yards.