FLOSSMOOR – It was abundantly clear heading into Friday night’s matchup with Homewood-Flossmoor that Lockport takes it as a personal affront when it allows points to the opposition.
Now it appears that the Porters not only are decidedly against surrendering points, they aren’t too fond of allowing much yardage, either.
Lockport’s defense was stifling yet again as the Porters earned a 22-0 victory over host Homewood-Flossmoor, shutting down the Vikings at every turn.
The Porters improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2004 with the victory. They did so doing what they appear content to do week in and week out: grinding opponents into submission on both sides of the ball.
Although Homewood-Flossmoor hit for 21 yards on its second play from scrimmage, that one play accounted for almost 20% of the Vikings’ first-half offensive output. Quickly adapting to that H-F yardage grab, Lockport’s defense backed up the Vikings, forced a punt and got a huge return down to the H-F 25-yard line.
A combination of power running and an uncanny ability to draw H-F offsides – the Porters drew three penalties on the first drive alone – allowed Lockport to pound the ball on the ground before changing course as Hayden Timosciek found Ryan Little in the corner of the end zone for a 5-yard passing touchdown.
Lockport’s second score followed almost the same blueprint as the first, with the Porters’ defense backing up the H-F offense almost to its goal line, another big punt return that got the ball inside the H-F 20-yard line and Timosciek again finding Little for the score, this time from 9 yards.
H-F’s only sustained drive of the first half also was snuffed out by the Lockport defense as the Porters’ Nicholas Franciskovich corralled an interception off a throw from H-F’s Cameron Ogelsby. Ogelsby was heavily pressured on the play, as he was almost every time he ventured back in the pocket.
Things got no better for H-F after the break, as an early third-quarter drive saw the Vikings do nothing but back up before being forced to punt from their own 4-yard line. A bounced snap went right through the punter’s hands and out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
After that safety, Lockport went on the march, eventually having running back Ty Schultz bull his way in from the 5-yard line to cap the scoring.
It wasn’t an impressive statistical night for the Lockport offense. It managed less than 200 yards of total offense, but it showed what a dominating defense can do for you. The unit routinely backed up H-F into its own territory and gave the offense short fields to have to maneuver.
Conversely, Lockport held H-F to 67 yards rushing, and although dangerous Vikings receiver Myles Walton had 10 receptions, the Porters fenced him in so nicely after his catches that he ended up with only 44 receiving yards. Ogelsby was sacked six times by the relentless Lockport defense.
“We’re a pretty insane stacked defense,” Lockport defensive lineman Andrew Blackburn-Forst said. “Every play, we fire up. Our goal is to give up as least amount of yards as possible, and I think we did pretty well with that today.”