Lincoln-Way East rolls over Lockport

LOCKPORT -- Lincoln-Way East senior linebacker Pat Meehan would like to forget about the Griffins’ loss to Wheaton North two weeks ago.

After No. 14 Lincoln-Way East’s surprisingly lopsided 45-14 win over Lockport on Friday, he even insisted that the reason the Griffins played so well in their last two games was because they had moved on so quickly from their Week 2 defeat.

A second later, though, Meehan went back on that. As much as Meehan and Lincoln-Way East (3-1) would like to say that losing to Wheaton North meant nothing to them, that isn’t truth.

“It was a big loss, but it taught us something,” Meehan said. “We still have a sour taste in our mouth. It taught us to play every play as hard as we can. We got to be prepared more, spend more time in the weight room, spend more time watching film. We were taking it for granted.”

On Friday night, the Griffins were as ready as could be. With Lockport having been previously ranked and battling Bolingbrook before losing 21-7 last week, Lincoln-Way East was anticipating a dogfight.

Early on, it looked as if it would be, too. With the game scoreless in the first quarter and Lockport (2-2) going on fourth-and-1, Porters star running back Dan Holman took the handoff, burst through the line and sprinted his way to a 68-yard touchdown to put his team ahead, 7-0.

It would the final highlight for Holman and the Porters.

From there, it was all Lincoln-Way East. The Griffins scored 45 unanswered points and ran away with the victory.

“One of our mottos is, ‘Flush it’,” Meehan said. “Once a bad play happens, we flush it, clear it from our minds. We play the next play like it’s our first play.

“We came into this game thinking it was going to a hard one. Lockport is obviously a great football program and Bolingbrook is too. It was a close game last week between them. We thought we were in for a real good game.”

Lincoln-Way East quarterback Blake Winkler hooked up with wide receiver Jason Robertson for a 65-yard touchdown pass to start the Griffins’ roll. Winkler followed that up with an 84-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Buchbach and later hit Buchbach again for a 10-yard score to close out the first half.

Winkler finished 10 of 15 for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Buchbach had four catches for 106 yards, and Robertson caught four balls for 77 yards.

Buchbach’s teammates and Lincoln-Way East coach Rob Zvonar raved about his performance after the game. But Buchbach, who only began to play high school football last season as a junior, wouldn’t take any credit.

“Nothing would have happened without the O-line giving Winkler time,” said Buchbach, who scored his first career touchdowns. “It takes 11 guys for it to happen.”

Zvonar said, “He’s just a self-made, hard-working kid. We’re really proud of him.”

Holman finished with 92 yards on 12 carries.