IC Catholic's Franklin, Conant's Wachal garner Week 8 MVP honors

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 10/17/2018 6:05 PM
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  • Kyle Franklin

    Kyle Franklin

  • Nick Rattin

    Nick Rattin

  • Nick Mansk, Bartlett

    Nick Mansk, Bartlett

  • Quinn Geren

    Quinn Geren

  • Anthony Wachal

    Anthony Wachal

  • Jack Fabbrini

    Jack Fabbrini

  • Mark Dennison

    Mark Dennison

  • Mert Imeroski

    Mert Imeroski

Kyle Franklin of IC Catholic Prep and Anthony Wachal of Conant are the Daily Herald football MVPs for their performances in Week 8.

OFFENSE

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.

DEFENSE

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.

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