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January 2, 2013

2012 Year End — Part II

Miracle at the Max is 2012 Local Sports Story of the Year

LOCKPORT —  

Max D. Lederer Field will never forget — and neither will the Lockport or Clarence high school football fans who stood or sat nervously watching the see-saw Saturday, Oct. 20 Section VI Class AA quarterfinal it hosted.
In the press box, only moments into the second quarter, play-by-play man Danny Sheehan from Lockport Community Television was doing his best to stay positive and keep hopes alive as the grid Lions found themselves trailing the formidable Red Devils, 27-0.
“I was thinking, ‘What do we do? What do we say?,’” said Sheehan, a veteran LCTV sports broadcaster, who called the game with the help of homespun commentator John Lombardi.
A mixed extra point, ironically, was the turning point. Moments after Red Devils junior running back Emaure Williams scampered around the left side for a 14-yard touchdown, senior teammate Austin Zymroz missed the point after kick.
“That could come back to haunt them,” Lombardi said, half joking, half serious. The Lions were losing badly and it was a cold, wet, gray day at the Max, especially for those wearing blue and gold, and that included Lockport head coach Greg Bronson.
“The waves of emotion we experienced was like a roller coaster,” coach Bronson said. “Here we had finished first in AA North and having our only losses to state-champion Orchard Park and St. Joe’s, two respected teams, we were pretty confident that we had a strong and capable team that could compete for a sectional championship.
“Then for Clarence to come out at the beginning of that game and to see them score that number of times in the first quarter and early in the second quarter, you really start to wonder, ‘Wow, is there really that much of a difference between the AA North and AA South divisions?’”
But then it started ...

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