Trailing by 12 at halftime, Hiawatha head coach Sean Donnelly said all his team needed was a little jump start.
The Hawks opened the year with a come-from-behind 18-12 win against Mooseheart in overtime.
"The kids got a good talking to at halftime," Donnelly said. "They came through with the change we needed. We had to give them a kick. Their heads were down and mentally they were out of it. But you have to give them credit, the really turned it around in the second half.
Alex Flores shined in overtime for the Hawks (1-0), intercepting Mooseheart on its possession, then catching a 10-yard pass from Evan Williams for the deciding score.
After Nick Doolittle was hurt and had to sit a couple plays out early in the third quarter, Donnelly brought in tight end Evan Williams to play quarterback and had Flores, the quarterback, take over for Doolittle. The plan worked as Williams threw a 68-yard touchdown on his first attempt to Chris Shuck to cut the deficit to 12-6.
Doolittle tied the game with 2:45 left on an 18-yard interception return.
Williams finished 5 of 10 for 102 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Doolittle led the team with 72 rushing yards.
Sycamore second at doubles tourney: The Spartans took second at their home doubles tournament Saturday, powered by a first-place finish from their No. 1 team of Angelina Ye and Kathryn Sullivan.
Rosary won the tournament.
Neriah Garbas and Laurynn Mise took second at No. 3 for the Spartans, as did Jackie Oretega and Isabella Hepker.
"We're pleased considering our squad is mostly juniors," coach Dave Hillmer said. "We're pretty happy with the start – especially Angelina and Kathryn. They did a very fine job since both are really singles players."
Sycamore third at tourney: The Spartans took third a the War on 34 tournament n Earlville, beating Joliet Catholic 4-1 on Saturday.
Phillip Millfair had three goals in the win.
Cook leads DeKalb: Jacob Cook took third with a 2-over-par 72 to take third Saturday at the Fenton Invite at White Plains.
Barb teammate Austin Freeman finished in a 10th place tie with a 74.
The Barbs shot a 301, eight behind Glenbard South.