Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — His team trailing 8-6 at halftime, Lewiston-Porter senior Dan Hogan walked off the field and told his coaches he wanted the ball in the second half.
“He said if we put the ball in his hands, we’re going to win this thing,” said Lew-Port head coach Jon Hoover.
Hogan helped the Lancers do just that, rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the second half as Lew-Port came back to beat the visiting Barker/Royalton-Hartland Raiders 30-16 in its Class B North opener Friday night.
“That’s what winners do and that’s what leaders do,” Hoover said of Hogan, who totaled yards on the ground and added an interception and fumble recovery on defense. “They finish games.”
Lew-Port (2-0, 1-1 B North) opened the scoring on the opening possession, driving 67 yards on 11 plays before senior Zak Nalbone plunged in from one yard out. After a false start, Chris Harvey’s extra point attempt missed, leaving the Lancers with a 6-0 advantage.
The Raiders (0-2, 0-2 B North) answered immediately and methodically, going 65 yards on 12 plays. Sophomore Andy Xapos ran in from 5 yards out, then found pay dirt again on the conversion to give Barker/Roy-Hart an 8-6 lead.
“We went into halftime and said it’s going to be a fight,” Hoover said. “We hit first, they hit back and now we’re going to see see who finishes the fight. We came out ready to play the second half, our line took over the game.
“I think our conditioning came into play. We weren’t winded, weren’t tired, and we made a point to rotate guys in and out.”
The Lew-Port defense, dominant for most of the game, held the Raiders to a three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, and a weaving, 75-yard return by Nalbone, who bobbled the punt to begin with, set up another score. Nalbone took an option pitch for L-P quarterback Jake Eoute 3 yards for the TD, then Eoute converted two points on a keeper for a 14-8 lead.