Breaking It Down: Maine South was constantly on the attack, moving the ball efficiently against Wheaton Warrenville South's defense much of the time during a 19-13 victory on Friday night. The Tigers’ offense, meanwhile, committed three turnovers and made numerous errors that cost them a chance at turning the tide.
After swapping touchdowns in the second quarter, the Hawks finally capitalized on a third-quarter interception with a 39-yard touchdown run by Matt Alviti. A fumble later in the third led to another TD, this time on an 11-yard Alviti pass to wide receiver Michael Bosco. The Tigers tried to make a run late in the fourth quarter but ran out of time and had to settle for an 8-yard TD pass at the buzzer to Cole Krynicki.
Patch’s MVP: Matt Alviti, Maine South. He was the engine that drove the Hawks’ offense, especially in the third quarter, with a 39-yard run for a TD and an 11-yard TD pass to Bosco. Alviti also had a 7-yard QB sneak for a TD in the second quarter. Overall, he ran for 110 yards on 15 carries and went 16-of-29 passing for 150 yards.
Maine South Stat Pack: RB Clay Burdelik ran 14 times for 123 yards. Bosco had a reception for a TD and an INT in the third quarter that led to Alviti’s second rushing TD of the night.
Wheaton-Warrenville South Stat Pack: Receiver Corey Davis had six receptions for 77 yards and a 91-yard kickoff return in the second quarter for the Tigers. Receiver Brandon Moore had five receptions for 66 yards, including a 12-yard TD catch in the second quarter.
Quotable I: Maine South QB Matt Alviti: “We made some really nice adjustments. The second half, last week, we came out of kind of flat, but this week we really came out strong in the second half.”
Quotable II: Wheaton-Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch: “Tonight, we just didn’t (score enought) points. Most importantly, though, I’m very pleased with our defense. I thought they made some very nice plays out there.”
Team Records: Maine South is 2-0. Wheaton Warrenville South is 0-2.
What’s Next: Wheaton Warrenville South opens DuPage Valley conference play on the road against West Aurora on Sept. 7. Maine South has its home opener against Deerfield on Sept. 7.
Scores of Interest: Wheaton North rolled to a 34-7 win over Geneva. For more scores, go to ihsa scorezeone.