Brown keys Joliet West win over Lockport

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It was just like Jordan Brown envisioned it.

The Joliet West running back scored on runs of 26 and 79 yards as the Tigers used big plays to register a 28-7 victory over Lockport in a SouthWest Suburban Blue clash Friday night in Lockport.

The victory improved Joliet West to 3-4, 2-3 and kept its playoff hopes alive. The Porters fell to 1-6, 1-4.

“Our coach (Jason Aubry) has us imagine two big plays before every game,” Brown said. “That’s what I did and it happened just like I thought.”

Jorge Guzman recovered a fumbled snap on a Lockport punt attempt to set up the Tigers at the Porters 26. On the next play, Brown bounced to the left side and raced in from there. A two-point conversion gave the Tigers an early 8-0 lead.

Less than three minutes later Niko Messino also broke free on the left side for a 37-yard scoring burst and Joliet West led 15-0 with 4:45 left in the first quarter.

Lockport closed the gap to 21-7 on an 11-yard touchdown run by Tyler Johnson (14 carries, 95 yards) just over three minutes into the third quarter.

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