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September 3, 2012

Lockport falls to Orchard Park

Chambers' big day keeps Lions close early.


The Lockport Lions kept their finger in the Orchard Park offensive dam for almost three quarters Saturday, but the levee inevitably broke wide open and the visiting Quakers walked away with a convincing 42-21 victory over the Lions in the Section VI Class AA opener for both schools.
Several thousand high school football fans attended the see-saw, mistake-filled opener at Max D. Lederer Field — the Quakers’ first official contest since capturing the state AA title a year ago.
Head coach Gene Tundo’s team was their own worst enemy throughout with interceptions and fumbles. The Lions capitalized and even held a brief lead, but in the end, OP quarterback Benjamin Holmes (8-for-12 passing, 190 yards, 2 TDs) and running back Mitchell Wilson (21 carries, 217 yards, 2 TDs) were too much for head coach Greg Bronson’s Lions.
“Our offensive line manhandled theirs and our backs ran through some big holes,” said Holmes, as his team finished with 356 rushing yards on 40 carries (8.9 yards pc). “Mitchell and Jett (Modkins, 5 rushes, 35 yards, 2 TDs) did a good job of moving the ball.”
The Quakers wasted little time asserting themselves, marching 80 yards in just three plays. Holmes did it all, running twice for 16 yards, then on first and 10 at the OP 36, danced around in the pocket, rolled right, then found sophomore tight end Jake Cullen wide open for a 64 yard touchdown pass. Tim Wagner booted the PAT and before Betty Newton started serving the hotdogs in the concession stand, the visitors led, 7-0.
Later in the first quarter, OP senior wide receiver Raphael Pagliei took a second down handoff from Holmes at the LHS 37 and ran it down to the Lockport 5-yard-line. Wilson rumbled in on the next play and with 2:10 left in the first, OP led, 13-0.
Lockport bounced right back on their next possession. On third and two at their own 45, Chambers took a handoff right, bounced way outside, then took it up the right sideline 55 yards for a touchdown. Senior Kyle Few added the PAT and it was now 13-7 Quakers.

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