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Maine South dominates New Trier in conference opener

Maine South began Friday night with a bang — and it’s a shame Recent Trier didn’t have earplugs since the noise didn’t stop all night.

The Hawks (4-1) ran up 50 points to the host’s 3 for a convincing victory Sept. 22 in Northfield.

“Early in the sport, it was two big plays (from Maine South) and we couldn’t get the ball moving after the primary quarter,” Recent Trier coach Brian Doll said. “In the primary quarter, I felt like we were fiddling with them, competitive with them, after which it got here undone pretty quickly.”

In the primary half, Maine South had five plays over 20 yards, including the 80-yard halfback pass from Michael Dellumo to Douglas Semel on the sport’s first play.

Recent Trier answered two possessions later with 54-yard drive — that included 55 yards from Jackson McCarey (a penalty and a negative gain also were a part of the drive) — that concluded with a 24-yard Niki Dugandzic field goal.

Miles Cremascoli makes a diving catch for the Trevians.

One other Hawks’ house call — this time 65 yards from quarterback Constantine Coines to receiver Evan Agosto — prolonged the Trevians’ deficit to 13-3. And Maine South scored three more times, including twice in under 3 minutes, before halftime to take a commanding 33-3 lead into the break.

The Hawks racked up 310 yards passing in the primary half, while Coines had 4 TD tosses, including three to Agosto (9 catches, 174 yards).

“We had guys out of position and we were overthinking,” Trevs middle linebacker Dylan Jeppe said. “It was just little mistakes — quite a lot of little mistakes. They were just picking us higher. We now have to all of us improve.”

After Recent Trier’s first-quarter scoring drive, the Trevians — playing their second straight game without starting quarterback Patrick Heneghan — picked up only one first down the remaining of the time the starters were in the sport (until the fourth quarter).

Maine South added three more scores within the third quarter — a field goal and two touchdowns — to initiate a running clock and take home a big-time league victory.

The Trevians fall to 1-4, losing their third straight amid a tricky nonconference schedule. The combined record of the teams which have beaten Recent Trier (Hersey, Prospect, Barrington and Maine South) is 22-2. All 4 of the teams are ranked within the Chicago Sun-Times Super 25.

Recent Trier must now win out to qualify for a playoff position and travel to Evanston for a rivalry game next Friday, Sept. 29, before taking over Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South and Deerfield to complete the regular season.

“We’re pretty focused on winning these next 4 games and that provides us a likelihood to complete 5-4. It’s essentially the playoffs now,” Doll said. “We’re within the playoffs in Week 6. I haven’t been in that situation before, but that’s the truth of this. I believed we were playing pretty much and tonight was a giant step backward.”

That said, each Doll and Jeppe consider the Trevians can pull it off.

But it surely won’t come easy.

“We’ve played one among the toughest schedules within the state. Today was not us. This shouldn’t be our team,” Jeppe said. “… I feel if we’re in a position to work out what our biggest challenges are and fix those small mistakes that tore us apart today, those teams on the schedule (the remaining of the season), we will beat all of them.”

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