Turnovers were the difference Friday night in Roselle, and Lake Park capitalized on an important one.
The Lancers' Jamal Holmes blocked a Lockport punt and Latoria Markus fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to give the Lancers a 6-0 lead in the third quarter that rallied the team to a 19-7 win over the Porters.
The Lancers (1-1) had one good effort in the first half when quarterback Bobby Accetura hit Dom Terry, who made an acrobatic catch for 38 yards. However, on the next play Accetura fumbled and the Porters took over on the Lancers' 37-yard line.
The game was filled with mistakes on both sides. Following a scoreless first half, the Lancers came alive sparked by Markus' touchdown.
"Last week we had a lot of errors and it cost us the game," said Lancers coach Chris Roll. "Errors continued today, but what I liked is that they kept hitting and playing. I said last week that our defense is going to be our lead group. They got us back into the game with that touchdown."
"We were up and down the field offensively and then every time we did something wrong we either dropped the ball or got a penalty. We need to fix that."
The Lancers scored twice more on a 42-yard run by Curtwan Evans and on Xavier Davis' 36-yard return of an interception.
"Our linemen kept blocking," Evans said. "We had a receiver Zach Zimmerman who made a key block right by the end zone. We have to work on controlling ourselves."
Davis had 2 interceptions in the game.
"I thought the game was pretty hard played on both parts," said Porters coach Don McKillip. "We dropped some passes that made a big difference in the game. I thought defensively we played pretty well. It shut them down a majority of the time. We just didn't get things going offensively which we've had some trouble with anyway. The blocked punt was a mistake that changed the tempo of the game."