St. Edward's Wright, Fremd's Josten earn Week 6 MVP honors
Nick Wright of St. Edward and Will Josten of Fremd are the Daily Herald football MVPs for their performances in Week 6.
Nick Wright, St. Edward: Every St. Edward quarterback was unavailable due to injury so the Green Wave turned to this veteran running back to take control of the offense. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior carried 49 times, including 35 direct snaps, for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 21-14 victory at Chicago Christian (4-2). Wright sealed the Metro Suburban Red victory with the first completion of his career, a 20-yard pass to sophomore Anthony Cirrincione on fourth-and-10 from his own 47-yard line with 1:30 left.
Ian Ridge, Elk Grove: The Grens' 5-foot-8, 165-pound sophomore running back rushed for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 38-21 Mid-Suburban East win over Wheeling. He scored on runs of 3, 43 and 20 yards. The victory snapped a 32-game losing streak for Elk Grove.
Tyquan Cox, Glenbard West: Cox started the Hilltoppers' 41-7 victory over Lyons Twp. with a 96-yard kick return for a touchdown and was only getting started. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior running back scored five of the team's six touchdowns. Cox rushed for 127 yards in three quarters and added 4 catches for 28 yards.
JeanMarc Etienne, Stevenson: The shifty running back has been making varsity defenders miss since last year, and the junior's production hasn't dipped this season. He scored 3 touchdowns against host Mundelein, all in the first half, as the Patriots won 43-0 to improve to 5-1. Etienne rushed 17 times for 117 yards and 2 TDs. His 3 receptions included one for a score.
Will Josten, Fremd: Playing with a broken right hand, Fremd's 6-foot-3 senior defensive lineman led the Vikings' defense in a 14-0 shutout of Barrington in a Mid-Suburban West battle. Josten had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown in addition to 6 tackles, 2 of which were for losses. Fremd evened its record at 3-3 with its third win in a row.
Matt Oliver, Naperville Central: Oliver helped the Redhawks to a fourth straight victory and their second this season over Naperville North. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior linebacker notched 14 tackles, including a sack, and 5 assists in a 50-21 win. Oliver also had a quarterback hurry and broke up two passes in coverage.
Shiking Marshall, South Elgin: This two-way athlete had 3 catches for 39 yards as a slot receiver, but his ability to catch deep throws was best demonstrated on defense. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback intercepted two Larkin passes over the middle -- including a ball the junior tipped to himself at the Larkin 30-yard line -- and nearly intercepted another in a 53-7 Upstate Eight Conference victory for the Storm (5-1).
Dany Cervantes, Wauconda: The senior linebacker scored one defensive touchdown in the Bulldogs' 35-12 win over visiting North Chicago and nearly had another. After returning an interception to the 2-yard line, he ripped the ball from the hands of a receiver after a reception and raced 55 yards the other way for a fumble-return TD. Cervantes also registered a pair of sacks.