Glenbard West junior running back Ryan Diver and Stevenson senior safety Michael Marchese have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 7 of the high school football season.
Ryan Diver, Glenbard West: Diver and the Hilltoppers had the offense rolling in a 56-39 West Suburban Silver victory over previously unbeaten Oak Park. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior running back needed only 24 carries to rush for 312 yards, including touchdowns of 80, 6 and 24 yards.
Jacob Bicknase, Wauconda: The leading rusher among the Lake County schools covered by the Daily Herald keeps piling up the yards. Bicknase's latest effort came during the Bulldogs' 42-7 win over Round Lake. He rushed 21 times for a season-high 294 yards and 4 touchdowns, as the Bulldogs won their third game to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Justin Jett, St. Charles East: This sophomore ran wild in a 55-15 Upstate Eight River victory over Larkin, which entered with a 3-game winning streak. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound fullback turned 22 carries into 222 yards and 3 touchdowns, including scoring runs of 2, 13 and 20 yards, to help the division-leading Saints improve to 7-0.
Logan Moews, Barrington: The Broncos' senior workhorse carried 29 times for 192 yards in a tense win at Hoffman Estates. Moews had 4 touchdowns runs and Barrington needed the last one, a 9-yarder, to hold off a stubborn Hawks team 45-41 and remain unbeaten.
Michael Marchese, Stevenson: While he and his twin Henry provide quarterback Aidan O'Connell a pair of trusty 6-foot-3 targets, Michael might be more impactful on defense. The safety racked up 20 tackles, including 14 solos, and had an interception, as the Patriots beat Lake Zurich 17-14 in the teams' North Suburban Conference showdown.
Dylan DeMuth, Jacobs: This two-way player's motor never stopped in a nonconference win over Glenbard East. In addition to his role as center for an offense that scored 48 points, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior helped the Jacobs defense notch its second shutout this season. The end led the Golden Eagles with 10 tackles. He also recorded a sack and made a fumble recovery to help his team improve to 4-3.
Jake Julian, Waubonsie Valley: Packing a larger punch at defensive tackle than his frame -- 5-foot-8, 170 pounds -- might suggest, the senior delivered in a must-win for the Warriors. In Indiana, Julian recorded 10 tackles, including 3 tackles for loss, with 2 quarterback hurries in Waubonsie's 35-14 win over Hamilton Southeastern.
Johnny Kappel, Wheeling: The Wildcats can't afford another loss, and they needed their defense to come up big against a strong Buffalo Grove offense in Week 7. Enter Kappel, a senior defensive back who came up with a pair of interceptions to deny the Bison and keep Wheeling's playoff hopes alive after a 17-0 decision.