By JAKE KRZECZOWSKI
Devin Boehm scored three touchdowns on Friday to help the Trevians to a 28-7 victory over Maine West.
In football, a player’s number can be called to join the action at any moment.
New Trier looked to an inexperienced quarterback, and a yet-to-emerge wide receiver, for help in taking down host Maine West 28-7 in nonconference play Friday night.
Senior Nick Hendricks, filling in for injured QB Frank Nicholas, looked for senior receiver Devin Boehm. And it didn’t take long for Hendricks to find his man, throwing a 15-yard strike to Boehm for a touchdown to get things started early in the first quarter, putting the Trevians up 6-0.
“I’m always ready to step up when I’m needed,” Hendricks said. “ I was sure to look to Devin. He’s one of our best, and he’s a go-to guy for me. It’s a big help to have him on the field.”
Boehm, who cites NFL all-pro wide receiver Reggie Wayne as an inspiration, wasn’t done there.
With one TD already coming through the air, New Trier sent Boehm around end on a handoff, which he took 23 yards to the house for his second touchdown of the game, giving his squad a two-score lead.
In the second quarter, the Trevians put senior Michael Welch under center, and he responded by hitting Boehm for a 14-yard TD strike just before halftime.
“Last season, I had three touchdowns the entire year,” Boehm said. “The blocking all the way around was great (vs. Maine West), which allowed me to make some big plays.”
Along with his duties on the offensive side of the ball, Boehm lends a hand elsewhere, rotating in at cornerback, and fielding punts and kicks as well.
One of the biggest plays of the game came when Boehm took a kickoff at his own goal line and broke loose for a big gain before being taken down at the Maine West 15-yard line.
“It can be tiring going both ways, but I love playing as much as I can,” Boehm said. “If that means playing both sides of the ball and special teams, I’m happy to do it.”
Even with a revolving door at quarterback, the Trevians stayed the course, changing very little in the game plan and sticking with what worked.
New Trier head coach Dan Starkey said there was, “nothing special” regarding preparation for Maine West, but he stressed getting the ball into Boehm’s hands as much as possible.
“Devin’s a guy who’s a returning starter and a captain for us, and a guy who has to have a great year in order for us to be successful,” Starkey said.
The Trevians turn their attention to another conference foe, as they will visit Maine South in Week 5.
After an 0-2 start, New Trier reeled off two wins and looks primed to pick up some steam heading into the meat of the season.
“Every win is a good win,” Starkey said. “Hopefully, we can get on a roll here going into conference.”