Sean Doherty delivers as Lincoln-Way East blanks Lockport
September 7, 2012 11:58PM
Lincoln-Way East running back Nick Colangelo, (15), works to elude Lockport's Frankie Diaz (1) during a game earlier this season. Paul Bergstrom | For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 10, 2012 6:27AM
For a team that had gotten spanked in two nonconference games, Lockport (0-3, 0-1) was playing awfully well against highly regarded visitor Lincoln-Way East (3-0, 1-0) in Friday night’s SouthWest Suburban Blue opener.
But Griffins senior cornerback Sean Doherty changed everything with two big plays, propelling East to a 35-0 victory.
Doherty stepped in front of a Lockport receiver to intercept a pass at the Porters’ 33-yard line. That led to Nick Colangelo’s short scoring run and a 13-0 lead.
On Lockport’s next possession, Jarret Lecas crashed into Lockport punter Aaron Ambrose before he could get into his kicking motion. Ambrose attempted to run from the end zone, but Doherty tracked him down for a safety to make it 15-0.
But that wasn’t all. Moe Almasri returned the ensuing free kick 59 yards to the Lockport 22, and on the next play, senior quarterback Tom Fuessel went the distance for a 21-0 halftime lead.
“We hung right with them the first half,” Lockport coach Don McKillip said. “It could have been 6-0, not 21-0. But their special teams hurt us.”
Fuessel rushed for 152 yards in 12 carries, including an 87-yard TD run in the second half. Colangelo added 143 in nine carries, including an 80-yard TD in the second half and a 49-yard jaunt to set up the Griffins’ first score.