Lake Zurich's Piggott, Kaneland's Hahn earn Week 5 accolades
James Piggott of Lake Zurich and Drew Hahn of Kaneland are the Daily Herald offensive and defensive MVPs, respectively, for their performances in Week 5 football games.
James Piggott, Lake Zurich: Coach Luke Mertens had been waiting for his 2-2 Bears to make plays. The junior wide receiver did that in a 23-20, overtime win over previously undefeated Stevenson. Piggott had 8 receptions for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a juggling grab in the end zone. His 9-yard TD catch with 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter forced OT.
Zach Borgert, Crystal Lake South: This running back enjoyed a career night in Crystal Lake South's 48-7 victory over Huntley. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior set a new personal record with 289 rushing yards on 16 carries. Borgert -- a state track and field qualifier in the 200-meter dash last May -- demonstrated his speed on touchdown runs of 79, 80 and 91 yards to help the Gators improve to 3-2.
Jake Bellizzi, Maine West: The Warriors' senior had another big game, rolling up 225 yards rushing on 31 carries and scoring 4 touchdowns as Maine West opened its Central Suburban North scheduled with a 46-13 win over Glenbrook North. He is now the Northwest suburbs' leading rusher with 533 yards this season as the 4-1 Warriors head into Friday's game against winless Maine East.
Sam Tumilty, Willowbrook: The quarterback guided the Warriors to a key 20-10 West Suburban Gold victory over Hinsdale South. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior completed 13 of 21 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball 21 times for 90 yards and a second score as Willowbrook raced to a 14-0 lead.
Drew Hahn, Kaneland: Kaneland twice rallied from 13-point deficits to defeat DeKalb, the fifth-ranked team in Class 6A at the time, thanks partly to the physical play of this two-way lineman. A 6-foot-1, 265-pound defensive tackle, Hahn led the Knights with 15 tackles, including 6 tackles for loss and 2 sacks, in a 21-20 victory that vaulted Kaneland to first place in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.
Femi Noginni, Hoffman Estates: The Hawks' 5-foot-11 senior had a monster game in his team's 14-0 Mid-Suburban West win over Schaumburg. Noginni made 12 tackles, had 2.5 sacks and one tackle for loss as Hoffman moved to 5-0 for the season heading into Friday night's battle with Palatine.
Josh Landolina, Glenbard East: The 5-foot-10, 180-pound linebacker had a major impact in 5-0 Glenbard East's 35-7 win over previously unbeaten Upstate Eight foe South Elgin. The senior forced a fumble and intercepted 2 passes. Of his 6 tackles 3 were for loss to help secure Rams playoff eligibility for the first time since 1999.
Juan DelaCruz, Warren: The Blue Devils didn't notch a fourth straight shutout, but the junior linebacker still provided plenty of defensive highlights in their 24-10 victory over host Lake Forest. All DelaCruz did was register 5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. He had 10 total stops, including 8 solos. He caught a 65-yard touchdown pass, as well.