Naperville North senior quarterback Drake Davis and South Elgin senior linebacker Colt Doherty have earned Daily Herald MVP honors after their standout performances in Week 1 of the high school football season.
Drake Davis, Naperville North: Davis had a brilliant debut as the Huskies' quarterback. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior completed 25 of 43 passes for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns while leading his team to a 53-49 victory at Edwardsville after trailing 42-0 late in the first half. Davis also rushed for a pair of touchdowns.
Eric Mooney, Huntley: This quarterback was in full control of Huntley's run/pass option offense in a 30-27 comeback win at Jacobs. Facing a veteran defense with playoff experience, Mooney completed 13 of 23 passes for 136 yards and rushed for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries. He returned a fourth-quarter punt 55 yards for a touchdown to give his team the lead. After Jacobs regained the lead with 1:38 left, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior drove Huntley 62 yards in 8 plays, culminating in his game-winning, 1-yard touchdown run with 7.7 seconds left.
Brendan Bazar, Libertyville: Bazar's night? Not bizarre at all. An all-area performer as a junior, the running back picked up where he left off in leading the Wildcats to a season-opening, 27-14 win over host Highland Park. He rushed for 211 yards on 22 carries, scoring on bursts of 58 and 43 yards.
Ray Niro, Barrington: The senior quarterback was a force in the season opener. He rushed for 249 yards on just 15 carries, scoring on runs of 36, 92, 23 and 60 yards as Barrington handled visiting Warren 34-20 while rolling up 426 yards of offense. Niro also finished 10-for-14 passing for 125 yards without an interception.
Colt Doherty, South Elgin: This senior linebacker stood tall in a 47-0 season-opening victory against Miami (Ransom Everglades) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Doherty (6-0, 185 pounds) contributed a team-best 9 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered another to pace the first Storm shutout since a 33-0 win over Metea Valley on Sept. 16, 2011.
Robert Elem, Leyden: Elem came up with the biggest defensive play in a game filled with them as visiting Leyden delivered a dominant performance in a 42-9 win against Fenton. Elem came up with the second of the Eagles' pick-6s, this one a 51-yard first-half interception return that helped Leyden take firm control of the game.
Andrew Hare, Antioch: Hare hopped to it. The senior safety had a dominating performance on opening night in helping the visiting Sequoits speed past Kenosha Tremper 41-12 in Wisconsin. He notched 2 interceptions, totaled 7 tackles, forced a fumble and blocked a kick.
Trenton Hegranes, Wheaton North: The Falcons beat Wheaton Warrenville South 19-14 behind a solid defensive effort sparked by Hegranes. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior safety snared 2 interceptions, including one he returned 90 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. Four of his 5 tackles were solos.