LOCKPORT – Bolingbrook made the short trip to Lockport on Friday and came away with a 39-7 victory in a Southwest Suburban Conference game, but its coach, John Ivlow, was not happy.
The Raiders (5-1, 3-1) got a 215-yard rushing performance on 14 carries from Anthony Williams Jr. that included touchdown runs of 67, 39, 8 and 3 yards. Quentin Pringle added 62 yards on 10 carries to give the Raiders a total of 339 yards on the ground on only 30 carries.
“I’m livid with the mistakes we made tonight,” Ivlow said. “From the penalties, to the turnovers and the missed extra points. It’s those little things at the wrong time that hurt us. Those things have to be corrected and we will watch the film and point everything out. But really good teams don’t make those mistakes.”
Bolingbrook had seven penalties that totaled 77 yards, lost two fumbles and had an interception to go along with the three missed extra points.
Williams, who scored four touchdowns for the first time this season, likes being the workhorse in the backfield and gave credit to his offensive line.
“I felt really good tonight, but the offensive line opened the holes for me,” Williams said. “We ran a lot of counter plays and I would cut back and the opening was there. I love getting the ball and doing whatever it takes for our team to get the win. Individual stats don’t matter as long as we win.”
The Raiders got on the board right away as Elisha Armstrong blocked the first-possession punt by the Porters Ryan Barth and Cameron Mitchell scooped up the loose ball and ran it 30 yards into the end zone with 9:33 left in the first quarter.
“We were going after the punt right away because we saw on film a weakness and we thought we could get it,” Mitchell said. “That really helped the team get out to a fast start and the defensive like to score so that was big right away. It was my first touchdown since Pop Warner, it felt good.”
Williams scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to give the Raiders a 20-0 halftime lead. He added another in the third quarter and on the first play of the fourth quarter went 67 yards to finish the Raiders' scoring.
Antonio King scored the other Raiders touchdown on a 45-yard punt return midway through the third quarter.
Lockport (0-6, 0-4) finally found the end zone with 7:11 left in the game, as quarterback Marcos Voulgaris scored on a 7-yard run. He rushed for 77 yards on the night, which included a 42-yard run up the middle, but was stripped of the ball from behind at the Bolingbrook 11-yard line on the Porters’ second possession.
“We haven’t lost a fumble all season and tonight we lost two and that was unfortunate,” Lockport coach Dan Starkey said. “But give Bolingbrook credit, they have big, strong kids and they made a great play to strip Marcos on the run he had early.
“We came out and battled hard and really only gave up two defensive touchdowns in the first half. But the third quarter, Bolingbrook wore us down with the rushing game. Our defense forced some turnovers, which was good to see, but we couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities.
“I’ve said all season that we have great kids, they don’t quit and they work hard. We will be back at it and we will continue to take it one game at a time and we just have to keep our heads up.”
The Porters will host Lincoln-Way East next Friday in their final home game while the Raiders will play a rare Thursday game as they travel to Thornridge.