The overall team speed of Homewood-Flossmoor was overwhelming for visiting Lockport on Friday.
The Harley-Hampton brothers — Deante and Devonte – combined for the first six touchdowns in the first half of the 68-21 win. They are nicknamed for their speed: Devonte is nicknamed “Squirrel” and Deante is nicknamed “Rabbit”.
“We both ran a 4.47 40,” said Deante, who scored from 76 yards out on the Vikings first offensive play. “Great execution by the team and good blocks.”
“Once he seen the opening he pushed it,” Devonte said.
The Vikings (6-2, 5-1) keep pace for the SouthWest Suburban Blue title while the Porters (2-6, 2-4) will end the season against Joliet West.
Deante finished with seven carries for 175 yard and three TDs. Devonte had the same number of carries for 46 yards and three TDs — one receiving.
The Porters came up empty on the opening drive of the game despite taking almost 7 minutes off the clock and running 15 plays. When the Vikings regained possession on their 24 they needed just one play, the 76-yard TD run by Deante, to take a 7-0. The fireworks were just getting started.
With 7:39 left in the second quarter it was 40-0 with Deante and Devonte each with three touchdowns. Deante added a 12 and 14 yard TD runs, while Devonte 2 and 3 yards out a 38-yard TD pass from Bryce Gray.
“I thought [Lockport] was really improved from their first game to the last,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said. “That’s the first time all year we didn’t have the ball first so that was a little different for our guys. I thought we almost played a perfect offensive game.”
The Porters responded with the next two touchdowns on a 5 and 80 yard TD passes to Brian Belliar and Deiondre Taylor, respectively, from Jeremy Quade. The Vikings answered with a 25-yard TD run from Gray (8 for 9, 216 yards, 2 TDs, INT) for a 47-14 halftime lead.
Matt Dwyer had two fumble recoveries, each setting up touchdowns. Darrius Rodger had an interception for the Porters.
Jared Sharp initiated the running clock late in the third quarter on a 40-yard TD pass from Gray. Trevor Johnson and Jaylon Walton added fourth quarter touchdowns for the Vikings.
“We are a young team and we just had a few returning starters and I feel like we are really catching on,” Deante said.