A colossal showdown between two Class 8A heavyweights lived up to its billing Friday night when Palatine hosted Maine South in a Mid-Suburban/Central Suburban crossover contest.
In the end, the visiting 3rd-ranked Hawks managed to outlast the 14th-ranked Pirates in hostile territory, coming away with a 17-14 road win to move to 3-1 on the season. Palatine drops to 2-2.
"I told the guys coming in that you've got to win on the road, you've got to win on the road in the playoffs and you've got to win on the road against great teams," said Maine South coach David Inserra. "We played 48 minutes of football tonight … we knew it was going to be tough."
The Hawks matriculated right down the field on the opening drive of the game, as NIU-bound running back Fotis Kokosioulis (165 yards on 32 carries) churned out 49 yards on the ground to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by signal caller John O'Sullivan to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.