It might seem like Lockport senior Brady Pfeiffer was born to play quarterback.
His father, Jim, was St. Rita’s quarterback in the early 1990s and played against Mount Carmel’s Donovan McNabb, who became an NFL star. Pfeiffer’s older brother, Riley, was Lockport’s quarterback in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2021. Even his younger brother Conley, a Lockport sophomore, is a quarterback.
“We all passed the ball all the time since we were younger,” Brady Pfeiffer said. “I feel like we’ve been playing quarterback our whole lives.”
Pfeiffer was given the keys to the car defending Class 8A State Champion Lockport’s offense this season, and it’s been a wild ride for the first four weeks.
Pfeiffer injured his left shoulder in the Porters’ 28-6 win over Joliet West in Game 1. He missed the second half of that game and Lockport’s 44-10 win over Metea Valley the following week.
“I could have played the next game,” Pfeiffer said. “But the coaches didn’t want to risk anything.”
Then came a 23-22 win over Bradley-Bourbonnais. The Porters trailed 14-3 and rallied in the second half. Pfeiffer’s 37-yard touchdown pass to the Hyatt Timosciek with 5:12 to go proved to be the winning score.
But on Friday night, the Porters (3-1, 0-1) dug a hole too deep in their home opener at SouthWest Suburban Blue. Homewood-Flossmoor led 27-0 at halftime and won 35-20.
Pfeiffer threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“We had chances in the first half, and we just didn’t execute,” he said. “The second half we came out hungry, but it was too little, too late.
“We came out slow in the first half and we paid for it.”
Pfeiffer said it was nice to have a father who went through similar ups and downs.
“It’s good because he knows what it’s like to play quarterback,” Pfeiffer said. “He likes to give us our space. He intervenes from time to time because he has been there. But for the most part he lets us do our own thing and trusts the coaches.
Jim Pfeiffer was an assistant alongside George Czart under coach Bret Kooi when the Porters won the 8A state championships in 2002 and 2003. Brady Pfeiffer was a backup quarterback last season, with Czart as coach. The Pfeiffer family was therefore part of the three Lockport teams. state titles.
The Porters’ health is a concern in their quest for a fourth title. Starting running back Giovani Zarazoga, whose 194 rushing yards led the team through three games, missed the game against Homewood-Flossmoor. His replacement, Aiden Preciado, ran for 118 yards before going off in the fourth quarter through injury.
Czart, who noted there were some first-half dips on Friday, said he liked the team’s passing game with Pfeiffer throwing at Timosciek and Michael Doneske.
“I love everything about him,” Czart said of Pfeiffer. “I like his poise. I like his leadership. I like that he can make plays under pressure.
“And he comes from a good family of quarterbacks.”
Jeff Vorva is a freelance journalist for the Daily Southtown.