IC Catholic's Franklin, Conant's Wachal garner Week 8 MVP honors
Kyle Franklin of IC Catholic Prep and Anthony Wachal of Conant are the Daily Herald football MVPs for their performances in Week 8.
Kyle Franklin, IC Catholic Prep: The 5-foot-9, 175-pound sophomore running back breezed past the 1,000-yard barrier in the unbeaten Knights' 54-20 Metro Suburban Blue win over St. Francis. Franklin ran 25 times for 274 yards and touchdowns of 3, 5, 7 and 69 yards. He has run for 1,176 yards this season, 2,103 so far at IC Catholic.
Nick Rattin, Fremd: Fremd's 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior was a workhorse in the Vikings' 31-9 win over Hoffman Estates. He carried the football 43 times for 231 yards and TD urns of 10 and 15 yards. He also threw a 9-yard scoring pass as the Vikes kept their playoff hopes alive.
Nick Mansk, Bartlett: This sure-handed wide receiver was unstoppable in Bartlett's 30-25 victory at rival South Elgin. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior finished with 13 catches for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns, all career highs. His final grab was the game-winning, 6-yard scoring reception with 52 seconds left that lifted the Hawks (6-2) to their first victory over the Storm since 2012.
Quinn Geren, Vernon Hills: The senior wide receiver keeps catching footballs. Lots of them. His 7 receptions in the Cougars' 57-6 win over visiting Maine East gave him 64 this season and a school-record 108 for his career. Geren finished the Central Suburban League North Division game with 183 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, as the Cougars snapped a five-game losing streak.
Anthony Wachal, Conant: This 6-foot-1, 190-pound linebacker had 3 interceptions in the Cougars' 41-7 win over Palatine that clinched the MSL West championship. One of Wachal's picks went for a 32-yard touchdown. He also caught a 26-yard TD pass as the Cougars moved to 6-2 for the season.
Jack Fabbrini, Lake Zurich: The senior linebacker is the leading tackling on a Bears team that boasts one of the better defenses in the North Suburban Conference. Fabbrini continued to produce in a 42-0, homecoming win over Mundelein, notching his first interception of the season to go along with 5 tackles, including 2 for loss, as the Bears picked up their second shutout of the season.
Mark Dennison, Downers Grove North: The Trojans kept their playoff hopes alive with a 10-0 hard-fought victory over Downers Grove South. Dennison keyed a big defensive effort that allowed the Mustangs only 26 offensive plays. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior defensive back had an interception, a fumble recovery and 6 tackles.
Mert Imeroski, Crystal Lake South: This 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback came up big when his team needed a win. The senior notched a team-best 8.5 tackles -- 2 for loss -- and broke up two passes in a 28-7 victory over Jacobs that made Crystal Lake South (5-3) playoff eligible for the first time since 2015.