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updated: 10/4/2017 5:25 PM

Week 6: Lakes' Hardy, Glenbard South's D'Ambra earn MVP honors

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  • D'lo Hardy

    D'lo Hardy

  • Jake Lenschow

    Jake Lenschow

  • Andrew Saxe

    Andrew Saxe

  • Tanner Westwood

    Tanner Westwood

  • Nick D'Ambra

    Nick D'Ambra

  • Will Bauman

    Will Bauman

  • Christian Dolecki

    Christian Dolecki

  • Abe Swanson

    Abe Swanson

 
Daily Herald report

Lakes junior wide receiver D'lo Hardy and Glenbard South senior linebacker Nick D'Ambra have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 6 of the high school football season.

OFFENSE

D'lo Hardy, Lakes: The junior wide receiver enjoyed a thrice-as-nice night, piling up 192 yards of total offense on 3 touches in helping the visiting Eagles beat Grayslake Central 41-21. He had 138 yards receiving on 2 catches, both of which went for touchdowns, and rushed the ball once for 58 yards, as the Eagles improved to 6-0 and 4-0 in the Northern Lake County Conference.

Jake Lenschow, Burlington Central: This 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback looked like a seasoned upperclassman in Central's 55-16 win at Woodstock, not a sophomore making his third varsity start. Lenschow threw for 332 yards and 6 touchdowns on 8-of-14 passing to help the Rockets even their record at 3-3.

Andrew Saxe, Fremd: The sophomore quarterback helped lead the Vikings to victory with a solid all-around performance. With this team facing a 10-0 deficit, Saxe had the game's next three scores on runs of 2, 1 and 59 yards in an OT win against Conant. He finished with 137 yards rushing and 19 carries and also completed 5 of 7 passes for 51 yards without an interception.

Tanner Westwood, Waubonsie Valley: The Warriors needed all the points they could muster in a 35-32 DuPage Valley Conference win over feisty Wheaton Warrenville South. This 5-10, 160-pound senior quarterback complied, passing for 329 yards and 4 touchdowns without an interception, capping that with a 10-yard touchdown run.

DEFENSE

Nick D'Ambra, Glenbard South: The Raiders' best offense in a 27-23 Metro Suburban Blue victory over Wheaton Academy was this 6-1, 205-pound senior linebacker's monster defense. D'Ambra scored on a 65-yard interception return and on a 73-yard return of a blocked field goal. D'Ambra added 13.5 tackles, 2 for loss with a sack.

Will Bauman, Grayslake North: Will did well. The linebacker continued his strong senior season in the Knights' 24-6 win over Wauconda. His 50-yard interception return for a touchdown hiked the visitors' lead to 24-0 in the fourth quarter of the Northern Lake County Conference game. He also had 4 tackles, including one for loss, as the Knights won their third game in a row.

Christian Dolecki, St. Viator: The Lions needed a road win in the worst way, and Dolecki helped them get one by picking off 3 passes at Marian Central Catholic. Two of those interceptions led to scores as St. Viator won 28-21, keeping the Lions firmly in the playoff hunt at 4-2 and in the upper half of the East Suburban Catholic Conference race.

Abe Swanson, St. Charles East: This omnipresent linebacker was all over the field in the Saints' 42-7 win over Bartlett at Millennium Field. The 6-foot, 200-pound senior was responsible for 2 of the 7 turnovers forced by the St. Charles East defense, thanks to 2 interceptions, one of which he returned 25 yards for a touchdown. Swanson nearly notched 2 interception returns for touchdowns, but the other was called back due to a penalty.

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