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Football: Week 8 MVPs
 

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Football: Week 8 MVPs
  • Austin Swenson

    Austin Swenson

  • Scott Andrews

    Scott Andrews

  • George Edlund

    George Edlund

  • Kevin Hammarlund

    Kevin Hammarlund

  • Spencer Thomas

    Spencer Thomas

  • Ryan Parks

    Ryan Parks

  • Jack Bossong

    Jack Bossong

  • Brendan Chrystal

    Brendan Chrystal

  • Ethan Connor

    Ethan Connor

  • Colton Moskal

    Colton Moskal

Daily Herald report

Senior quarterback Austin Swenson of Wauconda and junior cornerback Ryan Parks of Benet have earned the Daily Herald's MVP selection for their performances in Week 8 of the high school football season.

Swenson completed 11 of 16 passes for 244 yards and 3 TDs in a win over Antioch to help Wauconda become playoff-eligible for the first time since 2007.

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Parks had 2 interceptions in the second half to help Benet move into a tie for the East Suburban Catholic Conference lead and hand Marist its first loss of the season.

OFFENSIVE MVP

Austin Swenson, Wauconda: Austin turned in a Texas-sized effort against Antioch, as the Bulldogs won 33-6 to become playoff-eligible for the first time since 2007. The senior quarterback completed 11 of 16 passes for 244 yards and 3 touchdowns. "He played a great game for us," coach Dave Mills said, "in a must-win situation."

OFFENSIVE RUNNERS-UP

Scott Andrews, Glenbard West: The 5-foot-8, 170-pound electric junior running back produced a big effort to help clinch another outright West Suburban Silver Conference title for the Hilltoppers. Andrews exploded for touchdown runs of 40, 34 and 8 yards in a 41-7 victory over York. Averaging 15 yards on his 16 carries, he rolled up 236 rushing yards.

Ethan Connor, Huntley: This 6-foot, 195 pound running back pounded the Woodstock defense repeatedly in a 49-21 Fox Valley Conference crossover victory. The senior carried the ball a team-high 23 times for 154 yards and scored 2 touchdowns to help Huntley become playoff eligible for the first time since 2009.

George Edlund, St. Charles North: Coach Mark Gould noted only one North Stars running back has two 200-yard games -- this 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior. Edlund ran 21 times for 220 yards with a 49-yard touchdown run in St. Charles North's 33-24 win over Upstate Eight River foe Larkin. Last year Edlund set the program record with 286 yards rushing against Elgin.

Kevin Hammarlund, St. Viator: Viator's go-to receiver was quite busy in his team's 31-21 victory over Marian Catholic. Hammarlund's 53-yard touchdown got the Lions on the board early and the senior wound up with 5 catches for 190 yards, helping St. Viator become playoff-eligible before an important contest with St. Patrick on Saturday.

DEFENSIVE MVP

Ryan Parks, Benet: In a monumental win over Marist, Parks helped push Benet closer to their first East Suburban Catholic Conference title. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound junior cornerback snared two critical interceptions in a 34-24 victory over the RedHawks. Parks had both picks in the second half including one on Marist's last drive.

DEFENSIVE RUNNERS-UP

Jack Bossong, Fremd: Bossong has been an impact player on one of the area's top defenses all season and the Vikings' 48-7 win over Conant was no exception. In a game Fremd needed to win to stay alive in the playoff hunt, the defensive back tallied 9 tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack and a pass breakup. He also ran for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns on offense.

Brendan Chrystal, Crystal Lake South: With his team trailing by a touchdown late in the third quarter, Crystal Lake South's leading tackler made a game-changing play. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown, setting the stage for junior Casey Oliver's game-tying extra point. The Gators won their fourth straight and became playoff eligible when Oliver later booted the game-winning field goal for a 32-29 victory.

Spencer Thomas, West Aurora: In his last game at Zimmerman Field the 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker realized a defensive player's dream -- and he did it twice in a 35-9 DuPage Valley win over West Chicago. Thomas returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, and later scored on a 9-yard fumble return. The senior also made 8 tackles with 4 quarterback hurries.

Colton Moskal, Lake Zurich: Colton provided joltin' hits. The junior linebacker helped spearhead a defensive effort that lifted the Bears to a 21-14 win over Stevenson, handing the Patriots their first North Suburban Lake Division loss. Moskal had a hand in 11 tackles, including 9 solos, while recording 1 sacks.

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