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Lockport's Rhavion Booker (left) brings down Thornton quarterback Derrick Williams Friday, Sept. 8, in the SouthWest Suburban Conference opener at home. Photos by Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media
Lockport wide receiver Tim Houlihan puts his team in scoring position after a catch.
Porters linebacker James Cozen runs with the ball after an interception in the fourth quarter.
Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter
2:38 pm CDT September 9, 2017
For all the talk about the wars in the trenches, the toughness of the players, the battles over turf, etc., the game of football comes down to one thing: Making plays. In its most recent game, the Lockport Township football team simply did not make enough plays, while Thornton did. The Wildcats made one big play, and it was enough to hand Lockport a disheartening 7-6 loss in the Porters' SouthWest Suburban Conference opener on Friday, Sept. 8, at Lockport.