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updated: 9/11/2013 9:28 PM

Football MVPs, Week 2

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  • Brian Johnson

    Brian Johnson

  • Sam Beutler

    Sam Beutler

  • Damion Clemons

    Damion Clemons

  • Evan Kurtz

    Evan Kurtz

  • Andrew Nickell

    Andrew Nickell

  • Tyler Baker

    Tyler Baker

  • Colin Castagna

    Colin Castagna

  • Xavier Davis

    Xavier Davis

  • Cody Ekstrom

    Cody Ekstrom

  • Jacob Vargo

    Jacob Vargo

Daily Herald report

Willowbrook senior quarterback Brian Johnson and Crystal Lake South junior defensive back Tyler Baker have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their football performances in Week 2.

Johnson established a state record by throwing for 675 yards on 40-for-52 passing with 7 TDs in a 62-49 victory over Lyons.

Baker intercepted a late fourth-quarter pass in the Gators' 14-7 triumph against Crystal Lake Central and helped Crystal Lake South win the field position battle by averaging 44 yards on 5 punts.


Brian Johnson, Willowbrook: The Warriors' 6-foot-3, 188-pound senior quarterback set a state record by throwing for 675 yards in a 62-49 West Suburban Conference crossover win over Lyons Twp. Johnson completed 40 of 52 passes and 7 touchdowns, good for eighth best in IHSA history. He rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown.

Sam Beutler, Fremd: Beutler's return to the starting lineup sparked Fremd to a memorable performance. The senior led the way with 198 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns on just 15 carries in a 54-21 win over Rolling Meadows as the Vikings established a program record for rushing yards in a game (556). Beutler also threw for 1 TD.

Damion Clemons, Larkin: "Bubba," as he is known to his teammates, scored all 3 touchdowns in Larkin's 20-12 overtime victory against visiting West Chicago. The speedy 5-foot-5, 140-pound senior tailback rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries, including a pair of 2-yard touchdowns, the second of which proved to be the game-winning score. Clemons also made a touchdown reception of 53 yards to help the Royals snap a 7-game losing streak.

Evan Kurtz, St. Charles North: After a Week 1 overtime loss the North Stars needed a win. Their senior tailback delivered. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Kurtz, who also plays linebacker, ran 18 times for 217 yards with 4 touchdown runs, of 37, 4, 3 and 54 yards. He paced St. Charles North's 49-0 nonconference win over Plainfield Central.

Andrew Nickell, Warren: The Blue Devils' Nickell was priceless. In leading Warren to its second win in as many weeks, the 6-foot-1 senior quarterback completed 15 of 20 passes for 258 yards. Four of his throws went for touchdowns, as the Blue Devils defeated New Trier 42-6.


Tyler Baker, Crystal Lake South: This 5-foot-10, 140-pound junior sealed Crystal Lake South's 14-7 victory over rival Crystal Lake Central by picking off a pass at midfield with 2:55 left in the fourth quarter. That was just part of Baker's big game. He punted 5 times for 220 yards (44 avg.), and he completed a fake punt pass for 40 yards. Offensively, he scored the go-ahead touchdown on 54-yard reception from Austin Rogers with 7:05 to play.

Colin Castagna, Barrington: The 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior linebacker was a menace for a second straight week, this time disrupting Prospect's attack in a 27-14 victory. Castagna came up with 4 tackles for loss with 2 quarterback sacks and 2 hurries on his way to 9 total tackles as the Broncos got off to a 2-0 start.

Xavier Davis, Lake Park: The Lancers' defense stood tall in a 19-7 nonconference victory over Lockport. Davis, a 5-foot-9, 140-pound senior defensive back, led Lake Park's secondary by snaring a pair of interceptions. His 36-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the Lancers a 19-0 fourth-quarter lead.

Cody Ekstrom, Aurora Central Catholic: Many players made as many or more tackles as this 6-foot-1, 170-pound, senior linebacker in a 42-7 win over Bogan. What set this Chargers three-year starter apart was along with 9 tackles, 2 for loss, Ekstrom intercepted a pass and returned it 18 yards, forced a fumble and recovered another fumble.

Jacob Vargo, Grayslake Central: An injury kept the senior off the field last season. Apparently, he's healthy. Vargo turned in a dominant performance in the Rams' 28-7 win over visiting Vernon Hills. The strong safety intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and notched 3 tackles.

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