Maine South beats upset-minded Niles West

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THE SKINNY

The Hawks (5-2 overall, 3-0 CSL South) turned the ball over four times and still led 14-6 at the half, but they didn’t have a turnover in the final two quarters and avoided the Wolves’ upset attempt Friday in Skokie. Maine South might have lost two major players in the process, however. Senior linebacker Jack Perez went to the hospital with a wrist injury, and senior running back Clay Burdelik left the game with a separated left shoulder.

TURNING POINT

Maine South sophomore quarterback Brian Collis contributed to consecutive touchdowns that bridged the third and fourth quarters. He scored on a 7-yard run with 1:43 to go in third and then connected with senior George Sajenko on a 12-yard touchdown pass when there was 9:54 to go in game. That turned an eight-point advantage into a 22-point lead.

THE STAR

Despite the defeat, senior Andrew Mihulet was a one-man show for the Wolves (6-1, 2-1). He finished with three interceptions, returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 33-yard pass.

BY THE NUMBERS

Collis finished 30-for-43 for 238 yards and a touchdown. He also threw three interceptions, all in the first half. Maine South junior Justin Fahey ran for 83 of his 95 yards in the second half to help put the game away. He also scored a touchdown.

QUOTABLE

“They had a great game plan, offensively and defensively. They kept us on our toes. We hung in there, but it wasn’t pretty.” — Maine South coach Dave Inserra

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