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.
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.
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.