Maine South emerges unscathed after another challenge
Maine South's Tom Hader with other captains leads the team in pregame warm-ups before their game against Glenbrook South in Glenview October 19, 2012. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 19, 2012 11:34PM
GLENVIEW — Maine South quarterback Matt Alviti overcame a sloppy start Friday to throw two touchdowns and run for two more to lead the No. 1-ranked Hawks to a 35-14 win over Glenbrook South. It was the Maine South football team’s 60th consecutive win in the CSL South.
After throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown on his second pass of the night, Alviti finished 17-for-22 for 315 yards. The Northwestern recruit went 11-for-12 for 126 yards in the final two quarters.
With the game tied at 14-all at the break, Glenbrook South moved the ball deep inside Hawks territory on the first series of the second half. But Maine South senior lineman Pat Maloney recovered a fumble at the 15-yard line. The Hawks took advantage with a 10-play scoring drive, capped by Alviti’s 16-yard run, to go ahead 21-14. Maine South tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth.
Maine South trailed 14-0 early in the first half. Alviti threw a 64-yard touchdown strike to Zach Hinkamp with 8:32 to go in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 14-7.
“It was all gas and no brakes after that,” Alviti said.
Maine South (9-0 overall, 5-0 CSL South) survived another semi-scare to complete its second undefeated regular season in a row, most likely securing a top seed for the Class 8A playoffs. It was the Hawks’ 25th consecutive victory in the regular season.
Maine South coach Dave Inserra said the Hawks are close to being fully healthy.
Meanwhile, Glenbrook South (5-4, 3-2) probably will be among the most dangerous five-win team in Class 8A. All four losses came to playoff teams.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Thursday to read more about the Maine South and Glenbrook South football teams.