The Hawks' running back Clay Burdelik ran for over 100 yards in his first game back after shoulder injury. Jonah Rosenblum reports for High School Cube News:
Maine South 56, Niles West 20
The fifth-seeded Maine South football team pulled away late in the first half Saturday, ultimately defeating No. 12 Niles West 56-20 in the opening round of the Class 8A playoffs in Park Ridge. The Hawks advanced to play No. 4 Oak Park-River Forest next weekend. The Wolves were denied their first playoff win since 1991 and fell to 0-6 all-time in 8A first-round games.
The Wolves drew within a score with 3:21 remaining in the first half when junior quarterback Tommy Galanopoulos found senior wide receiver Andrew Mihulet for a 35-yard touchdown. The Hawks needed just two plays to respond. First, senior running back Clay Burdelik picked up 8 yards and then junior running back Tommy Bazarek took a screen pass 59 yards down the left sideline into the end zone. Two minutes and 15 seconds later, Hawks sophomore quarterback Brian Collis tossed a perfect cross-field lob to Bazarek to take a 28-7 lead into the intermission.
After the Hawks went three-and-out on their first drive, Burdelik — who made his return from a separated left shoulder — set the tone, leaping over the line for 8 yards on the first play of Maine South’s second drive. He followed with a 60-yard run around the left end and the drive culminated in a touchdown. Burdelik ended the night with 112 yards on 14 carries.