Vernon Hills senior quarterback Kyle Hull and Glenbard North senior cornerback Jace James have earned Daily Herald MVP distinction for their performances in Week 8 of the high school football season.
Kyle Hull, Vernon Hills: Hull's heck of an effort led to a heck of a win. The senior quarterback scored from 8 yards out and tossed the go-ahead conversion pass with 56 seconds left as the Cougars edged previously unbeaten Glenbrook North 26-25. Hull also threw for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns, helping the Cougars clinch a playoff berth.
Devonte Amos, Rolling Meadows: The senior all-around threat was especially effective in the pass game against Hersey, finishing with 6 catches for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a long score of 68 yards. Amos also contributed 31 yards and a rushing touchdown for the MSL East champs.
Bret Bushka, Glenbard East: It all came together for the 5-10, 170-pound sophomore quarterback in a 35-14 Upstate Eight Valley Division win over West Chicago. Bushka ran for touchdowns of 2 and 17 yards and threw for scores of 9 and 33 yards. Bushka ran 16 times for 80 yards and completed 13 of 18 passes for 155 yards.
Bobby Collins, Cary-Grove: Cary-Grove's triple-option quarterback was the best option in a 50-6 nonconference victory over South Elgin. Collins (6-0, 170) entered the game with 4 rushing touchdowns, but the senior doubled that total with scoring runs of 28, 2, 15 and 3 yards. He gained a team-high 125 yards on 8 carries to help the Trojans improve to 7-1.
Jace James, Glenbard North: The Northwestern recruit again showcased his overall game in a 29-15 DuPage Valley Conference victory over Metea Valley. The 6-1, 165-pound senior cornerback intercepted 2 passes, made 6 tackles and forced a fumble. James added 6 receptions for 160 yards. He also punted and returned punts.
Jake Miller, Westminster Christian: After making an inaugural postseason appearance last season, Westminster Christian became playoff eligible again with a fifth victory, thanks in part to the contributions of this active senior cornerback. Miller (6-0, 165) helped lead the Warriors to a 27-2 victory over South Beloit by making a team-best 11 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack as Westminster Christian improved to 5-3.
Jimmy Trieb, Buffalo Grove: The senior all-around athlete got things started off well in the Bison's 42-14 victory at Elk Grove, returning a blocked punt 14 yards for the game's first score. Trieb was only getting started and ended up with 2 rushing and 2 passing scores for a total of 5 TDs as BG limit Elk Grove to 43 yards rushing.
Logan Weber, Antioch: The Sequoits are 8-0, and their defense is a big reason why. The senior cornerback spearheaded another strong defensive effort in a 42-14 win over North Chicago. He returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown and also forced a fumble as the Sequoits pitched a shutout for three quarters.