McDonald, Tumilty earn Week 2 honors
Ben McDonald of Cary-Grove and Scott Tumilty of Willowbrook have been selected as the Daily Herald offensive and defensive MVPs, respectively, for Week 2 of the football season.
Ben McDonald, Cary-Grove: This 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior looked like a seasoned veteran instead of a quarterback making his second career start. McDonald directed the Cary-Grove triple option in a 42-7 victory at Crystal Lake Central by rushing for 201 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also completed 11 of 15 pass attempts for 162 yards, including a 24-yard scoring strike to help the Trojans improve to 2-0.
Jeremy Johnson, Glenbard East: The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior receiver set two program records in a 38-15 Upstate Eight Conference win at Bartlett. Johnson caught 10 passes for 188 yards with touchdown receptions of 5, 28, 20 and 38 yards. He set Rams records both for touchdown catches and receiving yardage in a game.
Kevonne Peterson, Round Lake: The transfer from Iowa is making friends quickly. That will happen when you catch 4 touchdown passes in your first two games for your new school. The junior wide receiver had TD receptions of 20, 80 and 30 yards in the Panthers' 50-12 win over visiting Maine East. His performance (4 catches, 145 yards) helped Round Lake snap an eight-game losing streak.
Tim Szylak, Rolling Meadows: The senior running back set the pace with a huge rushing performance in a 56-28 win at Palatine. He came up with 3 touchdown runs and totaled 277 ground yards on just 22 carries.
Scott Tumilty, Willowbrook: Tumilty's 84-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the 5-foot-10, 171-pound senior the program record for picks, and his 19-yard fourth-quarter scoring reception rallied his team to a 21-17 victory over Hinsdale Central. Tumilty's 7 solo tackles included a fourth-down stop in the last minute.
Jake Vander Ploeg, Mundelein: While the Mustangs were busy intercepting passes, coming up with four picks by four players, the senior inside linebacker was busy making tackles. Vander Ploeg notched 11 stops, including a sack and tackle for loss. His performance helped Mundelein beat visiting Grayslake Central 17-0 for its first win of the year and first shutout since Week 2 of last season.
Michael Talesky, Huntley: This active middle linebacker was a key reason Huntley's defense held Jacobs to 7 points and 201 total yards one week after the Golden Eagles put 50 points on the scoreboard against Hampshire. The 5-foot-11, 180 pound senior led the Red Raiders with 10.5 tackles, 2 for a loss, in a 42-7 Fox Valley Conference victory.
Jordan Hansen, Hersey: This junior was an all-around force in the Huskies' win against Fremd. In addition to 4 carries for 20 yards, 4 receptions for 38 yards and a TD, he made the play of the game by intercepting a pass late in the first half to set up a momentum-shifting score. Hansen also had 7 tackles and 3 assists.