Football: Lockport tops Joliet Central 42-22
October 12, 2013 8:40PM
Lockport scored early and often, including three times on defense, in jumping out to a 42-0 halftime lead. The win improved the visiting Porters to 2-5 and 2-3 in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. The Steelmen fell to 0-7, 0-5 and lost their 34th straight game. But the 22 points were the most they’ve scored in a game since the Joliet schools split into two programs in 2010.
On the game’s opening play from scrimmage, Steelmen quarterback Malek Harden connected with Tre’vion Neal on a 62-yard pass to the Lockport 18. But the Porters defense stiffened and Central turned the ball over on downs. Then, on third-and-11, Lockport quarterback Jeremy Quade found Brendan Reed streaking down the right sideline for a 79-yard TD and a 7-0 lead just over three minutes into the game and the Porters coasted from there.
Lockport’s first-string defense. After allowing the big play to start the game, the Porters gave up only 41 yards the rest of the half. The Steelmen turned the ball over three straight times on fumbles in their own end zone and they were recovered by Mohammad Atiq, Justin Krzeczkowski and Ryan Reed for touchdowns that led to a 34-0 lead with 10:19 left in the first half.
BY THE NUMBERS
Quade, starting for Ryan Dalton who is out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, completed 2-of-3 passes for 89 yards and added an 18-yard TD run for a 14-0 lead with 2:27 to play in the first quarter. Cody Andrus had a 10-yard TD run for Lockport. Neal scored on runs of 15 and 29 yards and quarterback Malek Harden (5-of-11, 93 yards) added a 9-yard TD run for the Steelmen, who also registered a safety. Sylvester Bellamy led all rushers with eight carries for 76 yards for Central — 72 of those in the second half.
“I just tried to stay calm and continue what Ryan (Dalton) had done. It felt really good to get that first touchdown pass.”— Quade