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Playoffs: Maine South at Stevenson

11/4/2011

The Game:

No. 1 Maine South (10-0) at Stevenson (8-2)

Saturday, 3 p.m.

The Players:

Maine South — Last week's win over Curie was a bit too close for comfort, and senior running back Paul Preston had just 10 carries for 70 yards. Those two statements may be related. Look for Preston to handle a bigger workload against Stevenson as the Hawks look to get back to basics. And of course, junior quarterback Matt Alviti is always a big-play threat.

Stevenson — The Patriots' offense couldn't be considered explosive, but Stevenson does a good job of running the ball and controlling tempo. And when it's time to go for chunks of yardage, senior receiver Troy Radtke is usually the target.

The Stakes:

Besides the win-or-go-home aspect that comes with every playoff game, Stevenson also has a rather large "Maine South monkey" on its back. The Patriots came into last year's playoff matchup undefeated, and Maine South sent them home anyway. That's a lot of baggage to carry around.

The Prediction:

Defense wins championships, sure, but you have to bring some offense to the table, too. I just don't see any way that Stevenson can score enough points to keep within striking distance of Maine South, let alone upset the state's No. 1 team. I have Alviti pegged for three touchdowns and Preston for two — Stevenson can't keep up.

MAINE SOUTH 42, STEVENSON 16

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