Friday, Sept. 16, 2011Posted: 11:25 p.m.
By Matt Harness
Niles North tried to catch No. 1 Maine South sleeping with an onside kick to start Fridays game.
Ever ready these days, the Hawks recovered the ball. Four plays and 36 seconds later, they were in the end zone on Matt Alvitis 34-yard pass to Jimmy Frankos.
The junior tossed two more touchdowns, including another to Frankos in the first quarter as the Hawks (4-0) cruised to a 42-6 victory over Niles North (1-3) in Park Ridge. The last time these two teams played, Maine South beat Niles North 66-0 in 2002.
Alviti, who completed all 10 of his passes in the first quarter, finished 13-for-17 for 180 yards with three scores and one interception in two quarters of work. Paul Preston caught a touchdown and ran for another in the first half.
I was feeling really good, Alviti said. We were competing against ourselves, and we played a great game.
Alvitis 10-yard run made it 35-0 at the half, and Maine South rested most of its starters for the second half. Frankos completed the scoring for the Hawks with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Fahey, who danced down the sideline and into the end with 1:51 to go in the third quarter to trigger the running clock.
Were looking pretty good, junior left tackle Pat Maloney said. We could always use some improvement. The OL could use some work. Once we get everything working, we can put up some points.
Niles Norths Oshayne Brown ran for more than 100 yards for the fourth consecutive game, finishing with 156 on 27 carries. Following Browns 52-yard run, Vincent Rodriguez got the Vikings on the board with his 1-yard touchdown dive midway through the fourth quarter.
Playing without starting quarterback Billy Voitik, who was on the bench with a head injury, the Vikings hung tough against the three-time defending state champion Hawks.
Thats the best team in the state, and we got to see what the best team looks like, said Brown. We want to be more like that.
Both teams head into conference play next week. Maine South takes on New Trier, while Niles North plays Maine East. The Vikings believe they have a shot at the CSL North title.
We feel like theres a lot of parity on our side, Niles North coach Scott Smith said. Its fairly equal, and we feel like theres an opportunity for us.