Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online


October 2, 2012

Division champion LHS set to host unbeaten St. Joe's

Non-league grid contest at the Max on Saturday will feature two high-scoring high school football teams.


You might think that a high school football team would be quite satisfied after clinching their division and guaranteeing themselves home field for the first two games of the Section VI playoffs.
Not head coach Greg Bronson's Lockport Lions, who are looking forward to Saturday's non-league contest against visiting St. Joe's with as much enthusiasm and a wish to prove themselves as in every other game this year.
It's a matter of pride to the Lions, after all — no pun intended — a team that wants to be considered one of the top varsity football teams in the area by beating the best.
Despite four straight, impressive, wins over Starpoint, Hutch Tech, Niagara Falls and Kenmore West, and the way they did it by dominating every phase of the game, their opening day, non-league loss to defending state-champion and 2012 VI favorite Orchard Park remains fresh on their minds.
“They know Orchard Park is one of the elite teams in Section VI and St. Joe's is one of the elite teams in Western New York,” Bronson said.
“Our guys still aren't happy that they lost that first game to OP. They know we didn't play well enough to win, but we stayed close with them a good portion of the ball game. We're excited to play another high-quality program because that's what they want to be known as and this is another opportunity to earn that reputation. That's their motivation.”
In addition to that, Bronson points out the local connection Lockport has with the Mauraders, who feature juniors Nigiel Davis (Lockport) and Tyler Hill (Newfane) whom most of the players are very familiar with in a variety of local youth sports programs, including baseball, basketball and football.
“Our guys know them and have played sports with and against them. They're excited to play a meaningful game against guys who are their buddies from the community,” Bronson said.

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