Benet senior kicker John Duvic and Marmion senior cornerback Seth Sevenich have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for the high school football performances in Week 4.
Duvic set a state record with 5 field goals, including a long of 50 yards, in Benet's 30-6 victory over defending Class 6A state champ Crete-Monee.
Sevenich had 2 interceptions in a 28-10 win at previously unbeaten Marian Central and also scored once on a pass reception.
Offensive players of the week
John Duvic, Benet: The Redwings' kicker and punter set a state record by booting five field goals in a 30-6 victory over defending Class 6A state champion Crete-Monee. Averaging 40 yards a field goal, Duvic, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior, blasted a long of 50 yards and had no field goals shorter than 34 yards.
Willie Bourbon, Stevenson: The Patriots never lost confidence in their veteran quarterback after a surprising 0-2 start. Against Libertyville, the junior played like a confident player. He threw for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11-of-16 passing and rushed for 91 yards and 2 TDs in a 49-3 rout of Libertyville.
Drew David, Kaneland: Kaneland beat Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover foe Streator 42-0. Kaneland's senior quarterback did much of the damage. David completed 17 of 24 passes for 258 yards and 5 touchdowns. Helping Kaneland double Streator's time of possession, David also ran for 44 yards with a 17-yard TD run.
Nick Kielbasa, Hampshire: This 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back enjoyed a big night in a 34-16 victory over Grayslake Central in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division tilt. The senior carried 19 times for 211 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 19, 1, 1 and 3 yards to help Hampshire improve to 3-1 for the first time since 2007.
Scotty Miller, Barrington: The speedy wideout had a huge impact on Barrington's 45-0 win at Buffalo Grove, delivering TD receptions of 80 and 56 yards and returning a punt 56 yards for another score as the Broncos improved to 4-0. Miller finished with 215 all-purpose yards and also had 4 tackles and a pass broken up while shadowing BG's top receiver.
Defensive players of the week:
Seth Sevenich, Marmion: This senior cornerback came up big in a huge 28-10 Suburban Christian Blue win at Marian Central. The 165-pounder intercepted 2 passes, clinching victory with the second, and broke up 2 other passes while adding a tackle. At receiver Sevenich opened the scoring on a 2-yard touchdown grab.
Hayden Adams, Willowbrook: Adams contributed greatly on both sides of the ball to help the Warriors top York 28-13. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior defensive back and wide receiver snared 2 interceptions, returning one 65 yards for a touchdown. Offensively Adams had 8 catches for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Eddie Cardenas, Rolling Meadows: Known in recent season for its offensive prowess, this year the Meadows defense is also stepping up. Eddie Cardenas led the way in Week 4 against visiting Conant with 3 sacks, 3 tackles for loss and 7 total tackles as the Mustangs were able to slow a potent Cougars attack in a 28-7 decison.
Emerson Kersten, Cary-Grove: A 5-foot-10, 169-pound defensive lineman and returning starter from last year's Class 6A runner-up, this senior switched to linebacker last week in place of injured senior Danny Nick, who tutored Kersten throughout the practice week. Kersten proved to be a quick study. He led the Trojans with 17 total tackles in a 34-0 shutout of previously unbeaten Dundee-Crown, Cary-Grove's second straight win.
Ryan Mullen, Lakes: The nose guard showed a nose for the football in helping the Eagles post a 35-0 shutout over crosstown-rival Antioch. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder piled up 7 tackles, including 2 for loss and a sack, in what coach Luke Mertens called "an outstanding day for a nose guard."