FRANKFORT – Lincoln-Way East coach Rob Zvonar briefly thought-about having his crew apply inside throughout inclement climate that got here Tuesday.
He in the end determined towards it figuring, “You by no means know what Friday would possibly convey.”
What Friday did convey was persistent rain for a lot of the contest with visiting Lockport, however the Griffins (7-0, 4-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue) didn’t skip a beat in gathering a 37-10 win.
“We didn’t actually change something,” Zvonar stated. “We have now quite a lot of respect for them (Lockport) and we knew we needed to come out tonight prepared for something.”
The Griffins confirmed instantly that they meant enterprise, rapidly transferring down the sphere with a few large runs from James Kwiecinski. He in the end acquired the Griffins deep within the purple zone and would then get a brief landing run from Peter Olaleye to take a 6-0 lead.
After Lockport’s first drive didn’t internet something constructive, the Griffins tried to go proper again to work, however the Porters held on a brief fourth-down conversion and began with nice subject place. However Lockport (5-3, 1-3) was unable to do a lot with the soccer and was pressured to accept a subject objective to slice its deficit to 6-3.
Kwiecinski and the Griffins promptly went again to work. Kwiecinski, who would ultimately rating from the 2-yard line, completed the primary quarter with almost 100 speeding yards.
The rain was seemingly limiting for each groups, nevertheless it appeared to essentially be hampering Lockport’s potential to maneuver the ball by way of the air, an enormous a part of the Porters’ latest success tales over Lincoln-Means West and Bolingbrook.
Lockport struggled to get the ball to their main offensive part Hyatt Timosciek, who ended the sport with simply two receptions. A part of the issue was the climate, the opposite drawback was Griffins defensive again J.T. Poynton, who caught to Timosciek like glue for a lot of the recreation.
“Clearly, a few of it was the climate,” Zvonar stated. “However I assumed we did a very nice job with them once they did determine to throw.”
Lockport’s principal avenue for transferring the soccer early on was choosing up a couple of cross interference calls. The Porters completed the sport with lower than 100 yards of complete offense.
In the meantime, Kwiecinski was merely discovering holes and blasting by way of them, gathering gobs of yardage and including his second, third and fourth landing runs within the course of. He would end with 287 speeding yards.
“I’ve nothing however respect for our opponents. I actually really feel like that we apply towards one of the best protection within the state day in and day trip and that prepares us for something,” Kwiecinski stated. “I can’t do any of the issues I do with out the offensive line, they all the time do a fantastic job and tonight wasn’t any totally different.”
After a mammoth kickoff return, Lockport lastly acquired a landing late. Michael Doneske scored from 10 yards out off a Brady Pfeifer cross early within the fourth quarter.
The Griffins, who completed their SWSC Blue schedule undefeated to take the title outright after sharing it with Lockport final season, shut out the common season subsequent week towards Bradley-Bourbonnais.
“We set a few targets for ourselves in the beginning of the season. One, we attempt to win all of our nonconference video games and we did that. And subsequent we attempt to win the convention title outright,” Zvonar stated. “We have been ready to try this tonight and meaning one thing to us. We wished to get it again in our sole possession.”