By Drake Skleba
For the Bugle 

Porters, Pfeiffer bomb the Brook 42-14

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Last updated 4/3/2021 at 9:10pm

After rolling past Sandburg 23-0 to pick up their first Southwest Suburban Blue victory last week, the Lockport Porters went looking for bigger gains on Saturday.

In the way stood the Bolingbrook Raiders and the area's leading passer Vince Meschi.

Meschi completed 24 of his 39 passes for 305 yards and one touchdown. Not bad.

Totally overlooked in Saturday's quarterback match-up, however, was Lockport senior quarterback Riley Pfeiffer.

All Pfeiffer did was complete four of his six passing attempts for 156 yards and a touchdown. Pfeiffer can run, too, as evidenced by his 100-yard rushing day on 12 carries and two touchdowns, leading his Porters to the 42-14 demolition of Bolingbrook (1-2, 0-2).

"Great win. Our mentality is to score on every drive," Pfeiffer said. "Forty-two points on offense, 14 against on defense - we ran the ball behind our great offensive line. Lincoln-Way East is next on Friday at home. We want to have a great week of practice and win on Friday."

After running over Sandburg for 186 yards and three touchdowns, Lockport junior running back Andrew LoPresti was at it again on Saturday.

LoPresti carried the ball 31 times for 156 yards and three more touchdowns.

"We excelled in all three phases of the game," LoPresti said. "Our offensive line really attacked them and opened up some big holes for us. We have this huge win over Bolingbrook to show everyone how good we are heading into Friday's big game with Lincoln-Way East."

Pfeiffer and LoPresti ran behind the Porters' 1,310 pounds of offensive line.

Kyle Hartman (5-foot-8, 250), Dominic Picciola (6-foot-1, 270), Matthew Johnson (6-fot-3, 280), Colin Krzeczkowski (6-foot-5, 255) and Anthony Devito (6-foot, 250).

The Porters jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

LoPresti scored on a nine-yard touchdown run, capping off the 5-play, 52-yard opening scoring drive for a 7-0 Porter lead with 8:28 remaining in the first quarter. Pfeiffer scored again on a two-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 Porters lead with 1:17 to play.

Bolingbrook pulled within 14-7 on a two-yard touchdown by senior receiver Alex Tran, who lined up at quarterback in the wildcat formation, at the start of a wild second quarter.

The Porters then responded with a pair of touchdowns to open up a 28-7 lead.

Pfeiffer hit his favorite receiver junior Ryan Little (3 catches, 100 yards) for 45-yards, setting up LoPresti's second touchdown from two-yards out for a 21-7 lead.

"Great win," Little said, "We were very confident coming in here today. Riley threw perfect passes today. We played outstanding and look forward to No.1 Lincoln-Way East on Friday."

Porters senior defensive back William Orban picked off Meschi and returned the interception 45 yards, setting up Pfeiffer's second touchdown from six-yards out for a 28-7 lead with 1:30 left.

Meschi engineered a three play, 80-yard scoring drive, all on passes, culminating with a 19-yard scoring strike to senior Andrew McElroy (six catches, 87 yards, TD), pulling the Raiders within 28-14 at the half.

The Porters (2-1, 2-1) defense shut the Raiders out in the second half.

Led by their massive front four of Cole (6-foot-3, 220-pounds) and Cody (6-foot-3, 225) Silzer, Joe Ciucci (6-foot-2, 215) and Andrew Blackburn-Forst (6-foot-2, 225) - all who made life difficult for Raiders running backs and Meschi.

"We worked hard in practice and thought about being successful like this all week," Cody Silzer said "This is what we can do when we execute our game plan. Our defense was outstanding and to put 42 points on a great Bolingbrook team is crazy. We are improving every week and we have to trust the process. Lincoln-Way East next."

Bolingbrook was held to 16 yards rushing for the game.

Porter senior linebacker Paul Rasp had two of the five Porter sacks of Meschi.

The Porters scored a pair of touchdowns to put the game way in the third quarter.

Senior wide receiver Kyle Yehling's one-handed, 56-yard scoring strike from Pfeiffer in the first 30-seconds of the third quarter gave Lockport a 35-14 lead.

With 2:50 left in the third quarter, LoPresti crashed in from the two, for his third touchdown of the game and a 42-14 Porters lead.

Bolingbrook's fabulous freshman wide receiver, Kyan Berry-Johnson hauled in 11 of Meschi's tosses for 177 yards.

"We were afraid of the match-ups on the lines,"Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said. "Lockport is big, strong and are well coached by George (Czart). They overwhelmed us."

The Porters look for even bigger gains on Friday night. The big-game does not get any bigger, than who many consider the best football team, regardless of class, in the state of Illinois - the Lincoln-Way East Griffins (3-0, 2-0). The game is Friday in Lockport at 7 p.m.

"We were concerned about Bolingbrook's passing game," Lockport coach George Czart said. "We finally settled on a pair of changing coverages that worked out well for us. We settled on a four-man rush and we were able to get pressure on Meschi. Great team win. I would not want to be a reporter today and have to decide who to talk with, because so many of our kids played so well.

"Hopefully we can get the 20 percent allowed into our stadium for somewhat of a home field advantage against Lincoln-Way East on Friday."


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