Maine South rolls over Stevenson

By Bill McLean
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 8/27/2021 11:12 PM

Football fans got in for free in Stevenson's season opener against visiting Maine South on Friday night.

Classy gesture, Stevenson.


What was priceless, if you happened to be a Maine South backer: the Hawks' first quarter. The visitors tallied 27 points in the frame, putting them on pace for 108 points.

Maine South settled for a 41-10 victory in steamy conditions in Lincolnshire.

"Explosive," Hawks coach David Inserra said of his club's effort in the first 12 minutes. "That's a well-coached team, Stevenson.

"We'd talked about getting off to a fast start."

His boys then performed. Hawks kick returner Frank Bartell got things rolling with a 39-yard return to Stevenson's 48. MS quarterback Rowan Keefe (11-for-18, 128 yards) then hit wideout Tommy Locascio (3 catches, 49 yards) for a 38-yard completion and capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown toss to Bartell.

Maine South (1-0) answered a 23-yard field goal by Pats senior Chad Crone with a 52-yard TD run by running back Mike Sajenko (9 rushes, 94 yards).

Keefe then found Locascio for an 11-yard TD, and MS linebacker Jimmy Brander returned an interception 50 yards for another TD to complete the scoring in the first quarter.

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Maine South led 27-3 but didn't score again until the fourth quarter.

Stevenson senior running back Jordan Skolmer had a sensational night, rushing 13 times for 165 yards.

The storied programs have combined for 67 playoff appearances.

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