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September 8, 2013

Bitter sweet victory for football Lions

Lockport defeats Starpoint, 7-0, but loses QB Bronson.

By John D'Onofrio
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal


Some of the lowest scoring games in any sport can sometimes produce the most drama and Saturday was no exception for the Lockport football Lions.
In a defensive battle for the ages, the Lions defeated visiting Starpoint, 7-0, in a non-league contest at rain-soaked Max D. Lederer Field, in the Section VI opener for both schools. Lockport now leads the annual grid rivalry series between the neighboring large-school districts 5-1.
The thrill of victory for head coach Greg Bronson’s team was tempered by the stunning loss of their starting quarterback, coach Bronson’s son, highly-touted senior quarterback Daniel Bronson, for at least the next four weeks with a broken collarbone. Bronson (6 for 12 passing, 93 yards, TD) was injured early in the third quarter after scrambling up the middle for a 15-yard gain.
After the game, Bronson was treated and released at Millard Fillmore Memorial Hospital in Buffalo. The good news — if there is any — is that the break was clean, coach Bronson said, meaning Daniel will be out for four weeks in a best-case scenario and could return to the LHS line-up before the end of the season.
“Things like this are going to happen and this time it’s my guy, but every time it’s somebody’s kid,” coach Bronson said. “The other guys have to play. I feel bad for (Daniel), but I feel great for those guys who stepped in and saddled it up and they got it done.”
Just before halftime, Daniel tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to junior Tyler Fraas. Sophomore Brandon Few’s extra point with 29 seconds left in the second quarter rounded out the scoring in a hard-hitting defensive duel.
“This was a man’s game out here today. We pushed them and they pushed us,” said Lions senior linebacker Mo Townsend. “I was worried we might come out a little soft today, but we actually showed up today and did what we had to do.”
Fraas took over for Bronson at QB after the second-half injury and moved the ball when the Lions needed it most, killing time on the clock late in the game. LHS junior running back Nick Hamilton had a strong game running the ball, finishing with 97 yards on 17 carries.
“I was really nervous, especially in this weather and because it was the first time I played quarterback all year pretty much,” said Fraas who will get the start again this Friday night when the Lions play at Class AA-power Orchard Park.
Despite the weather, the Spartans showcased a promising offense that should wreak havoc throughout Class A this fall. Senior running back Evan Majewski carried most of the load, finishing with 120 yards on 36 carries.
“It was a good game and a great defensive battle on both sides of the ball,” said Starpoint head coach Al Cavagnaro. “Our kids came to play today. Lockport’s twice our size, but we love playing this game. We had our chances in the first half.”
Also playing well for the garnet and gray was senior QB Sam Terrazzino, despite the downpour.
“Sammy can throw the ball,” Cavagnaro said. “A year ago, with rain and mud, I would have gone at it with Majewski in the backfield, but the the rain hurt us today. Not so much Sammy — we just dropped a lot of balls.”
Defensively, the Lions were led by senior Javon Jenkins’ 6 1/2 tackles, including three for losses and a sack. Sophomore Andrew Bronson added five tackles and Townsend and A.J. Rivera added 4 1/2 stops apiece. Senior defensive end Marshall Taylor had “only”  2 1/2 tackles, but the Spartans spent most of the afternoon running the opposite way.