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Football: Week 1 MVPs

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  • Emanuel Jones

    Emanuel Jones

  • Davontae Elam

    Davontae Elam

  • Jimmy Mitchell

    Jimmy Mitchell

  • Nicholas Orlando

    Nicholas Orlando

  • Zach Smith

    Zach Smith

  • Pace Temple

    Pace Temple

  • Kevin Copher

    Kevin Copher

  • Jordan Kabb

    Jordan Kabb

  • Colton Moskal

    Colton Moskal

  • Dylan Thompson

    Dylan Thompson

Daily Herald report

Mundelein senior running back Emanuel Jones and Geneva junior defensive back Pace Temple have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 1 of the high school football season.

Jones helped the Mustangs snap a losing streak that had reached 18 games by rushing for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 29-22 victory over Wheeling.

Temple had a pair of interceptions, the last of which helped ice Geneva's 29-27 win against Oswego. He also had a standout game on the offensive side of the ball with 160 receiving yards.

Offensive players of the week:

Emanuel Jones, Mundelein: The guy his teammates call "E-Man" was "The Man" against Wheeling. He busted off second-half touchdown runs of 82, 51 and 79 yards, leading the Mustangs to a 29-22 win that snapped their 18-game losing streak. The senior running back finished with 255 rushing yards on 16 carries and also caught 2 passes for 24 yards.

Davontae Elam, St. Edward: Big-play Davontae opened his fourth varsity season by scoring a career-best 5 touchdowns in a 43-21 victory over Genoa-Kingston. On the first play from scrimmage, Elam erupted for an 80-yard touchdown. The 190-pound running back later scored on a 72-yard run and touchdown plunges of 1 and 2 yards. He carried 13 times for 214 yards (16.5) and 4 touchdowns. The senior also made 1 reception, good for a 76-yard scoring play.

Jimmy Mitchell, St. Charles East: The 6-foot senior quarterback began his second year as a starter with his best game as a Saint. In a 35-27 Upstate Eight crossover win against South Elgin, Mitchell completed 20 of 33 passes for 272 yards and 5 touchdowns with no interceptions. His touchdowns traveled 43, 5, 23, 13 and 36 yards.

Nick Orlando, Palatine: The Pirates' junior signal-caller sure didn't seem overhwhelmed by his first varsity start, completing 10 of 16 passes for 179 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 51 yards as Palatine rolled to a 25-7 victory at Libertyville in its opener. Orlando also rushed for 75 yards.

Zach Smith, Glenbard South: The 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior running back hit the ground sprinting in the Raiders' 39-21 nonconference victory over Addison Trail. Smith scored 5 touchdowns, carrying the ball 16 times for 130 yards and catching 2 passes for 118 yards including an 81-yard first quarter touchdown reception.

Defensive players of the week:

Pace Temple, Geneva: If there was an overall player of the week the 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back would have earned it after a 29-27 win over Oswego. His late second-quarter interception led to a field goal and his late fourth-quarter pick clinched victory. Temple also caught 6 passes for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Kevin Copher, Conant: The senior defensive back intercepted a pair of passes and also returned a punt 33 yards for a touchdown as Conant got its season started with 28-14 victory over nonconference foe Lake Park.

Jordan Kabb, Huntley: This 5-foot-9, 205-pound linebacker harassed Bartlett's offense throughout a 23-12 nonconference victory. The senior returned from off-season shoulder surgery with a tackle for a 2-yard loss on the first play of the game. With his team trailing early in the fourth quarter, a blitzing Kabb hit the Bartlett quarterback before he could hand off for a 7-yard loss, pinning the Hawks at their own 14-yard line and eventually forcing the punt that led to Huntley's go-ahead scoring drive. Kabb finished with a team-best 8 tackles, all solo, including 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss.

Colton Moskal, Lake Zurich: Syracuse must be psyched. The senior linebacker, who committed to the Division I school during the summer, showed off his play-making skills in the Bears' 24-0 shutout of perennial power Fremd. A three-year varsity starter, he racked up 8 solo tackles, including a hefty 4 for loss, and also assisted on a stop.

Dylan Thompson, Montini: Maine South's top blocking focus was containing the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Ohio State-bound defensive end. Thompson overcame that plan in Montini's 21-19 nonconference victory. Thompson stopped second-level penetration and made 10 tackles, 4 for loss with 2 sacks.

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