The Final Score: Maine South 35, 7
Warriors’ Star Performer: ran for a critical first down and caught a long pass to set up Deerfield’s second-quarter touchdown. He also made his share of tackles playing most defensive downs. .
Other Notable Warrior Performances: Fullback Alec Frank carried the ball for 103 yards including a 33-yard burst in to spark a Deerfield first-half drive that ended at the Hawk one. Quarterback operated the offense, made key runs and critical passes.
Who’s Next: The Warriors entertain Waukegan at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Bottom Line: After Maine South moved the ball 77 yards in its opening possession to take a 7-0 lead, the Warriors defense kept Northwestern bound quarterback Matt Alviti in check on his next two possessions. They tied the score, 7-7, early in the second quarter on a 65-yard drive of their own. Balder ran for a crucial first down and then caught a pass from Kollada to give his team a first and goal.
Though the Hawks built their lead in the second half, Deerfield continued to execute its schemes on both sides of the ball. “We stayed with them for four quarters,” Coach Steve Winiecki said of his team’s effort against the state’s second ranked team. “It’s doesn’t matter what the scoreboard shows.”