Lockport big plays, ‘D’ beat Joliet WestJoliet West's #1 Korey Rogers is tackled by Lockport's #43 Billy Gleaves held at home and Lockport won 35-14 on Saturday, October 08, 2011. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 8, 2011 7:07PM
After a first half filled with big plays, the Lockport defense decided Saturday it was time to spoil homecoming for SouthWest Suburban Blue foe Joliet West.
The Tigers’ Ramarr Jordan escaped a mass of humanity — minus a shoe — and raced 80 yards for a touchdown with 10:59 left in the half to tie it 14-14. But the Porters’ defense, led by linebacker Brad Johnson, allowed penalty-plagued West three first downs and 75 net yards the rest of the way to secure a 35-14 victory and likely a playoff berth.
“This game scared me to death from Day 1; they have a ton of playmakers,” said Lockport coach Don McKillip, whose team (5-2, 3-2) struck for first-half TDs on Billy Reed’s 61- and 71-yard passes to Mike Haldemann sandwiched around Reed’s 80-yard run. Reed and Dexter Taylor added rushing touchdowns in the second half.
“After the first-half track meet, we settled things down,” McKillip added.
“They started bringing pressure and we didn’t figure it out,” said West coach Jason Aubry, whose team (2-5, 2-3) dropped from playoff contention. “We needed to be consistent and weren’t.”
The Tigers managed four first downs the final three quarters, and Jordan netted five yards in 10 carries after his one-shoe, 80-yard dash on the play following Reed’s long run. West’s Korey Rogers caught nine passes for 77 yards.