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Evanston's Maalik Todd (right) tries to get past Waukegan's Jedeniah Parsell (left) and Adam Sivia. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Evanston’s special teams produced three field goals and two extra points by Patrick O’Mahoney, a 97-yard kickoff return for a score and downed two punts inside the Waukegan 15.
After Waukegan tied the game at 7-7 with 1:14 left in the first quarter, Evanston’s Maalik Todd took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards to the house to give the Wildkits the lead for good.
“Our kids went through a lot of adversity this week, with the death of Dajae Coleman. We played with heavy hearts today. I’m proud of their effort. It wasn’t as pretty as we would have liked at times, but we came up to Waukegan and got a solid win.” — Evanston coach Mike Burzawa on how his team dealt with the shooting death of a freshman schoolmate
Both teams scuffled on offense as Waukegan had 101 total yards in the game, while Evanston registered 162. The Wildkits (4-2, 1-1 Central Suburban South) host top-ranked Maine South next Friday. Waukegan (2-4, 0-2) is at Glenbrook South next Saturday.