LAST WEEK: The Hawks beat Montini 44-13 at home in the season opener.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Nick Leongas, sr. QB; Fotis Kokosioulis, sr., RB; Kevin Jarvis, sr., OL; Mike Pusateri, sr., MLB; Sean McNulty, sr., PK
GAME NOTES: Maine South started the season with a statement win, beating Class 6A defending state champion Montini 44-13. It was the Broncos’ worst loss since 2004 when Sacred Heart-Griffin beat them 47-3. … Loyola head coach John Holecek said Monday he respects the Hawks ability to put up points. Maine South has averaged 37.7 points a game over the last 10 seasons. … The Hawks offense is led by senior quarterback Nick Leongas, who is more of a dual threat than 2016 graduate and three-year starter Brian Collis. In his first varsity start last week, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Leongas passed for 196 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 85 yards, according to the Chicago Tribune. Senior running back Fotis Kokosioulis had 22 carries for 212 yards and two TDs. The offensive line is anchored by senior Kevin Jarvis, a 6-5, 340-pound Michigan State commit. Not to be overlooked is senior place-kicker Sean McNulty, who has a big leg and is accurate. He kicked a 33-yard, last-second field goal to send the Hawks to a 34-31 win over Evanston last season. Senior middle linebacker Mike Pusateri is the backbone of Maine South’s defense. … This will be eighth meeting between the two schools and second in the regular season. Last year, the Ramblers, who own a 4-3 edge in the series, beat the Hawks 49-8 in Park Ridge in Week 2. … The other six games came in the state playoffs. Loyola won the first two in 1975 and 1992 before Maine South ran off three consecutive wins in 2008, 2009 and 2010 on its way to three Class 8A state titles in a row. The Ramblers snapped the streak in 2013 with a 35-0 victory in the Class 8A quarterfinals. Loyola finished second that season.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola