Evanston’s football team punched across five touchdowns in the first quarter Friday night at Lazier Field, sending the Wildkits on their way to a slaughter rule 52-0 blanking of winless Maine East in a Central Suburban League crossover game.

The varsity contest started two and one-half hours early due to severe thunderstorm warnings. The game was halted once in the first half for a mandatory lightning delay, and ended after three quarters with another lightning warning.

Evanston improved to 3-1 in a final tuneup for next week’s CSL South division opener at home against arch-rival New Trier as six different players scored. The Wildkit defense surrendered a total of just 56 yards and forced three turnovers, including a 45-yard interception return for a score by defensive back Joe Downie.

Kendale Coleman’s 21-yard touchdown burst opened the scoring on the first ETHS possession of the game, and following a 9-yard Maine East punt, the hosts hit paydirt again on a 32-yard TD pass from Matt Little to Tray Banks.

A fumble recovery by Charlie Krause set up the next Wildkit score, a 7-yard dash by Micquel Roseman, and Justin Tobin’s fumble recovery led to Little’s second TD pass of the game, an 11-yarder to TeArthur Hunt. Downie’s return of an interception ran the margin to 38-0 with 1 minute, 26 seconds still remaining in the first period.

Coleman added a 25-yard scamper for a score and backup quarterback Drew Dawkins threw the first TD pass of his varsity career, a 23-yarder to Brad Garron, to boost the advantage to 52-0 by halftime.

With kicker Owen Ennis sidelined by a minor injury, the Kits attempted 2-point conversions after every score. Evanston converted on 5-of-7 tries, with Little hooking up with both Banks and Hunt and Andrew Baumann grabbing a 2-point pass from Dawkins. Coleman and Justin Woods added PAT runs as part of the lopsided Homecoming victory.

Evanston racked up 232 yards on the ground and added 88 passing in the program’s most one-sided win since a 56-6 pounding of Waukegan back in 2005.