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updated: 11/1/2013 2:40 PM

Football: Week 9 MVPs

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  • Titus Booker

    Titus Booker

  • Erik Anderson

    Erik Anderson

  • Jon Fizer

    Jon Fizer

  • Austin Rogers

    Austin Rogers

  • Bobby Suchecki

    Bobby Suchecki

  • Jack Wooldridge

    Jack Wooldridge

  • Jordan Bergren

    Jordan Bergren

  • Grant Burke

    Grant Burke

  • Sam Franckowiak

    Sam Franckowiak

  • R.C. Cox

    R.C. Cox

Daily Herald report

Grayslake North junior running back Titus Booker and Naperville Central senior linebacker Jack Wooldridge have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for the performances in Week 9 of the high school football season.

Booker rushed for 274 yards and 5 touchdown in the Knights' 55-37 victory over Woodstock North, while Wooldridge had 11 tackles, including 2 for loss, and an interception to help the Redhawks past Naperville North 39-17.

Offensive players of the week

Titus Booker, Grayslake North: Book it: Booker is healthy. Slowed by a high-ankle sprain for several weeks, the junior running back showed against Woodstock North that he's healthy going into the state playoffs. He rushed for 274 yards and 5 touchdowns on 26 carries, as the Knights silenced the Thunder 55-37.

Erik Anderson, St. Charles East: The 6-foot, 200-pound senior running back hurt Larkin in several ways in the Saints' 55-12 Upstate Eight River Division win. Anderson ran the ball 10 times for 120 yards with 13- and 46-yard touchdown runs. He caught 3 passes for 101 yards and a 38-yard score. He also kicked 7 extra points.

Jon Fizer, Waubonsie Valley: Improving their playoff status, the Warriors removed Upstate Eight Valley rival Metea Valley from eligibility, 55-10. This 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior back was a big reason. Fizer's 28 carries gained a career-high 297 yards with touchdown runs of 62, 36 and 52 yards, as he passed 1,000 yards on the year.

Austin Rogers, Crystal Lake South: This multitalented 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete used his arm, legs and hands to lead the Gators to a 27-7 victory that kept Huntley from becoming playoff eligible. As quarterback, Rogers completed 10 of 17 attempts for 97 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown that gave his team an early lead. He also rushed 14 times for 105 yards, including touchdown runs of 21 and 24 yards. Finally, he salted away a Senior Night victory by lining up at receiver and catching a 21-yard scoring pass from Payton Minogue.

Bobby Suchecki, Rolling Meadows: The 6-foot-2 senior quarterback seems to be getting more efficient with each game. In a 47-28 victory over Buffalo Grove which helped clinch a share of the Mid-Suburban East title, Suchecki completed 21 of 26 passes for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Defensive players of the week

Jack Wooldridge, Naperville Central: The Redhawks' snapped a three-game losing streak with a 39-17 win over Naperville North thanks in part to their 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior linebacker. Wooldridge notched 11 tackles, including a team-high 7 solos and 2 for loss. He also snared an interception inside the Redhawks' 10-yard line.

Jordan Bergren, St. Charles North: To have any playoff chance, the North Stars had to win at South Elgin. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior helped put them in position, with a 27-25 victory. Normally a linebacker, moving to defensive end Bergren got his team on the board recovering a fumble in the end zone. He added 2 sacks, 3 hurries and 7 tackles.

Grant Burke, Hersey: Burke helped the Huskies to a share of the Mid-Suburban East crown by helping Hersey keep an improving Wheeling team under control in a 37-29 playoff-clinching victory. Burke, a senior linebacker, was credited with 8 tackles, 4 assists, 3 tackles for loss and a batted ball.

R.C. Cox, Carmel Catholic: That's good pop, R.C. The linebacker was popping ball carriers all night long, as he helped the Corsairs finish the season with a 24-21 road win at Notre Dame. Cox finished with a jarring 18 tackles, hiking his team-leading total to 109 for the season. He also forced a fumble and blocked a punt.

Sam Franckowiak, Dundee-Crown: "One of the best defensive players I've ever coached," is how Dundee-Crown coach Vito Andriola describes this three-year varsity safety. The senior was at his best in a losing cause against rival Jacobs last week. Already leading the Fox Valley area with 4 interceptions, Franckowiak intercepted Jacobs quarterback Bret Mooney twice in the first half. He returned his second interception 36 yards, setting up a short touchdown drive that trimmed D-C's deficit at the time to 13-7.

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