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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 junior quarterback Dan Bronson marched his team to a quick score, tossing a 31-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver R.D. Hillman. Senior Kyle Few’s extra point made it 27-7, but most importantly, the Lions’ defense woke up out of its slumber after that.
“It was amazing to watch the defense start to pick up after we scored. We played a completely different game defensively after that,” coach Bronson said. “We were much more intense, more physical and more confident. With every score our offense got, you could see the guys on the other side of the ball were playing like, ‘We can do this. We’re not going to let this get away from us.’”
Moments after Lions senior Seth Anderson recovered a Clarence fumble, Dan Bronson again marched the offense in for another score, as senior running back James Chambers (34 carries, 136 yards, 4 TDs) plowed in from a yard out. Few’s PAT made it more respectable by halftime, 27-14 Clarence.
“It’s truly a testament to the kids that they kept playing when we were down 27-0,” coach Bronson said. “They could easily have given up and said, ‘It’s not our day,’ but they didn’t and as things started to go better for us — once we got that first score — they hung in there and kept playing and eventually we took the lead.”
After a scoreless third quarter, the Lions marched 80 yards on 21 plays, capped by a Chambers 4-yard TD run. After the Lions’ D forced another Clarence punt, the electrifying Connolly Cup finalist Chambers made them pay, taking the boot 80 yards for a score. Few’s PAT — with Lockport fans jumping out of their pants — gave the Lions an improbable 28-27 lead.
With the sun finally peaking through the clouds, the Red Devils responded with a final TD and two-point conversion, but the Lions tied the game on a spectacular 37-yard catch and run by unsung senior wide receiver Tevye Maslowski — one of the greatest clutch catches this sports editor has ever seen in almost 20 years of covering local high school sports — looking directly into a blinding sun, game on the line, using good hands and great balance and concentration while his defender falls next to him, taking off like a deer and into the endzone. It was spectacular.

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