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Football: Maine South beats Niles West in first round of 8A playoffs

<p>Maine&nbsp;South's Clay Burdelik (33) carries the ball during a Niles West versus&nbsp;MaineSouth&nbsp;first-round playoff football game in Park Ridge on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. | Tim Boyle/For Sun-Times Media &nbsp;</p>

Maine South's Clay Burdelik (33) carries the ball during a Niles West versus MaineSouth first-round playoff football game in Park Ridge on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. | Tim Boyle/For Sun-Times Media  

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 SKINNY

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.

TURNING POINT

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.

THE STAR

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.

[For full story continue to High School Cube News]

 

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