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Football: Maine South beats upset-minded Niles West

Niles West's Garrett Iverson (left) is tackled by Maine South's Dan Ellsworth during their game Friday night in Skokie.  |  Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media
Niles West's Garrett Iverson (left) is tackled by Maine South's Dan Ellsworth during their game Friday night in Skokie. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media

The Maine South Hawks turn the ball over four times in the opening half, but manage to stay undefeated in the CSL South. Matt Harness reports for High School Cube News

Maine South 35, Niles West 20

THE SKINNY

The Hawks (5-2 overall, 3-0 CSL South) turned the ball over four times and still led 14-6 at the half, but they didn’t have a turnover in the final two quarters and avoided the Wolves’ upset attempt Friday in Skokie. Maine South might have lost two major players in the process, however. Senior linebacker Jack Perez went to the hospital with a wrist injury, and senior running back Clay Burdelik left the game with a separated left shoulder.

TURNING POINT

Maine South sophomore quarterback Brian Collis contributed to consecutive touchdowns that bridged the third and fourth quarters. He scored on a 7-yard run with 1:43 to go in third and then connected with senior George Sajenko on a 12-yard touchdown pass when there was 9:54 to go in game. That turned an eight-point advantage into a 22-point lead.

THE STAR

Despite the defeat, senior Andrew Mihulet was a one-man show for the Wolves (6-1, 2-1). He finished with three interceptions, returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 33-yard pass.

[For full story continue to High School Cube News]

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