Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Lewiston-Porter Lancers grabbed another win, and for the second straight week, they did so in dramatic fashion, scoring a touchdown and converting the go-ahead two-point try in the final minute to earn a non-league, 28-27 win over South Park on Saturday at Riverside.
Down seven with time ticking off the clock in the fourth quarter, quarterback Josh Daul led the Lancers (3-1) back for the second straight week, hitting wide receiver Dan Reagan with an 8-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left to bring Lew-Port within one.
First-year head coach Jon Hoover elected to go for the two point conversion and called an outside run to junior Dan Hogan, who had tallied 145 yards and two touchdowns on the day.
“We didn’t really ever even contemplate it,” Hoover said of the call to go for the win. “We were on the road and wanted to end it right there. We said, ‘Look, we have three yards to win. We have to go get it.’
“(Hogan) was the hot hand on the day. They weren’t able to stop him, so I called it for him.”
Before the snap, Daul noticed the South Park defense was keying on Hogan and had four players lined up where the run was supposed to go. He called an audible, flipped the play to the other side of the field and handed the ball off to running back Zak Nalbone, who took it in for the win.
“It’s something we’ve been working on,” Hoover said. “We actually just started calling audibles this week, and (Daul) saw something he recognized and could take advantage of.”
It was the Lancers’ third straight win since opening the season with a 42-26 loss to Burgard. Hoover said the experience of playing a more-athletic team helped his squad against the Sparks (1-3).
“Their passing game hurt us a little bit, we took away their run,” he said. “They definitely had more speed than us, but we had more heart and more willpower than they did. The kids wouldn’t give up.
“It was a back and forth game, and these guys never stopped. They never stopped playing hard.”