Another statement win for Maine South. The Hawks beat New Trier 38-21 on Friday. Maine South was deeper, faster and a little too much for the Trevians. But at halftime the game was still close.
The Central Suburban South title was on the line as Maine South (6-1, 4-0) and New Trier (5-2, 3-1) headed into the locker room at halftime with the Hawks up 16-14. Trevians quarterback Carson Ochsenhirt tossed two touchdowns to senior Donovan Perkins in the second quarter, one for 54 yards and one for 36 yards. New Trier had the momentum.
“When we came out to the second half we played a little more zone,” Maine South coach Dave Inserra said. “We kept pressure on them. The game plan was to stop the quarterback.
“Offensively, we started to get some yardage and we started to grind a little bit. We started to control the ball like we did on that first series so we just went back to that a little bit.”
The Hawks did grind. Quarterback Cole Dow rushed for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to Danny Lazic. Running back Jimmy Bartell scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“Cole gave us some good yards,” Inserra said. “I got on him at halftime about running and the first run of the second half he put his shoulder down and ran. Not that you want your quarterback to do that, but in tough situations you’ve got to be able to do that.”
The Hawks have beaten Glenbard West, Mount Carmel and Evanston this season. Their schedule is one of the toughest in the area.
“We are going to get everyone’s Super Bowl,” Inserra said. “They are going to come out firing on us like Evanston did.”
Inserra hinted that his son Bobby Inserra, who was injured in Week 2, may be returning soon.
“We’re trying to find out what Cole does versus what Bobby does,” Inserra said. “I think Bobby will be back fresh for the playoffs and then we can use them both.”
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