Niagara Gazette — Later in the third, the Raiders set up to punt from their own 6-yard line. Senior Jacob Haight caught the snap at his goal line and rolled right before booming a kick just over Hogan’s head at midfield. Rather than attempt to catch the ball, Hogan let it hit the ground, and a fortuitous bounce allowed it to roll all the way to the L-P 22.
Three pays later, Hogan made up for his miscue, rumbling 59 yards down the left side of the field for a score. Junior Carmen Zarrillo took a pitch to the left into the end zone for the two point conversion and a 22-8 lead.
“It’s his work ethic and it’s that he’s an athlete,” Hoover said of Hogan. “He does the film work, he knows what’s going on. He’s a complete player.”
The Raiders returned to the scoreboard in the fourth, when Zarrillo couldn’t control a handoff deep in L-P territory. He picked up the fumble in his own end zone and was tackled for safety, making the score 22-10.
Barker/Roy-Hart scored on the ensuing drive, aided by an iffy 15-yard pass interference penalty on what looked to be an uncatchable ball. Three plays after the penalty, junior Joshua Mead ran in from 5 yards out, but Haight’s two-point run was stuffed.
With under two minutes remaining, the Raiders attempted an onside kick. Haight blasted the ball at the Lew-Port front line, but it squeezed threw before stopping at the L-P 26, where Hogan dove on it.
Attempting to run out the clock, Hogan’s first run went for 20 yards along the left sideline before he was knocked out of bounds. Hogan and Nalbone each ran for a combined three yards, and on a key third down, Hogan busted around the right side, stiff armed a defender and sprinted 51 yards into the end zone. Nalbone’s two-point run was successful, rounding out the scoring.
“We’re going to have to scrap out wins,” Hoover said. “We’re going to have to stay with our conditioning, grind it out, wear teams down and win in the second half. After two weeks, that’s what we are.”
The Lancers face their biggest test of the season next week when B North rival Burgard visits on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.