As good (or great or unbelievably amazing) as Maine South’s Matt Perez has been this season, the Hawks are more than him. Sure, they wouldn’t be the same team without Perez, but he can’t do everything (almost, but not everything).
A few lesser-known players figured into Friday’s win. Cornerbacks Kevin Maloney and Cody Fallico were integral in defending New Trier’s spread offense. Maloney broke up a pass intended for Charlie Tilson in the first half that probably would have been a TD. Fallico made several nice tackles soon after catches near the line of scrimmage.
Sean Zingsheim was another player who contributed to the team’s 23rd win in a row. His punts in the first half proved valuable in the game of field position. He also caught three passes for 30 yards.
Of course, the Hawks need Perez and Tyler Benz and Ronnie Muck. But championship clubs are about the role players, too.