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Lockport's Frankie Diaz (1) tackles Lincoln-Way East's Nick Colangelo (15), during Friday night's game between Lockport and Lincoln-Way East. | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Senior cornerback Sean Doherty ignited Lincoln-Way East’s offense with heroics on defense and special teams in the second quarter. He stepped in front of a Lockport receiver for an interception at the Porters’ 33-yard line, setting up a touchdown that lifted the Griffins (3-0, 1-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue) to a 13-0 lead. On Lockport’s next possession, he tackled the punter in the end zone for a safety.
Following the safety, Moe Almasri returned the subsequent kick 59 yards to the Lockport 22, and quarterback Tom Fuessel ran it in on the next play for a 21-0 lead.
“We made a couple unfortunate errors and had some dumb penalties early, but we knew we could fix that.” — Doherty
The Griffins will host Homewood-Flossmoor, visit Sandburg and entertain Bolingbrook the next three weeks. Lockport (0-3, 0-1) did some things well defensively in the first half. “We actually felt good about the first half in general,” Porters coach Don McKillip said. “It just as easily could have been 6-0, not 21-0.”