Evanston hands Maine East first loss
Evanston senior Zachary Husain (52) reacts after sacking Maine East quarterback Alex Corey (12) during the game on Friday in Evanston. | Michael Jarecki ~ for Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 8, 2012 1:30AM
EVANSTON — On a night when potential players were in attendance, current members of the Evanston Township football team showed what winning is all about.
The Wildkits (3-0) posted a 40-7 drubbing of Maine East on Friday behind powerful line play on both sides of the ball in front of local youth squads from the area. Evanston held a 27-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We were getting manhandled on the line,” said Blue Demons head coach Gabe Corey. “Looking at Evanston, compared to when we played them last year, the one thing I was impressed with this year was their offensive and defensive lines — they handled us.”
Senior Kits running back Alex Vergara scored three times on the ground (2, 3, and 18 yards), and junior quarterback Chris Little added two touchdowns while connecting for a pair of TDs through the air.
On the other side of the ball, Evanston dominated the line of scrimmage against a Maine East team that has hung its hat on rushing the ball all season. That likely was not helped by the absence of the Demons’ monster junior fullback, Javed Jukovic (6-foot-2, 240 pounds), who was out with a high ankle sprain.
The loss put a damper on the Demons’ 2-0 start, their best to start a campaign since 2004.
“(Corey) is doing a nice job improving their program, and it showed on film,” said Evanston head coach Mike “Buzz” Burzawa. “We just wanted to come out and execute, and we were able to take advantage of the wind conditions early on and make it a tough first quarter for them.”
Burzawa also said the victory was especially welcome because of upcoming road games.
“This is what we wanted out of our home stand,” he said. “With our schedule, we needed to finish strong at home, so it’s a good win for us.”
Maine East remained optimistic after the big loss. Senior linebacker Federico Cabrales promised the team would, “come back and fight even harder. Like coach Corey always tells us, the bar is never lowered. If a big setback like this happens, he wants us to come back the next week. He wants us to fight.”