Mundelein's Patrick, IC Catholic Prep's Cooke garner Week 2 MVP honors
Mundelein's Shawn Patrick and IC Catholic Prep's Kevin Cooke are the Daily Herald offensive and defensive MVPs, respectively, for their efforts on the football field in Week 2.
Shawn Patrick, Mundelein: Coach Vince DeFrancesco complimented the junior halfback for his run-blocking in the Mustangs' 31-13 win over Grayslake Central. Patrick ran the ball exceptionally well too, rushing for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns on 23 carries. His efforts helped the Mustangs earn their first victory for their first-year coach.
Cole Conn, St. Charles East: This multisport athlete saved his best for last in a 33-28 home win over Carmel. The 6-foot, 170-pound running back carried 29 times for 201 yards -- 139 in the second half -- and scored 3 touchdowns. The senior's 50 total yards fueled the Saints' game-winning drive, which culminated in his 6-yard touchdown run with 56 seconds left.
Ethan Nelson, Waubonsie Valley: The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior quarterback was a model of efficiency in Waubonsie Valley's 40-20 victory over Libertyville. Nelson completed 15 of 17 passes -- one of the incompletions was a spike near the end of the first half -- for 202 yards and touchdown tosses of 33, 6 and 30 yards.
Mike DiGioia, Schaumburg: The Saxons' 5-foot-9 junior running back was a key player in his team's 55-28 Mid-Suburban crossover win against Wheeling. He rushed 19 times for 219 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 7 and 13 yards as the Saxons rolled up over 400 yards on the ground in improving to 1-1 for the season.
Kevin Cooke, IC Catholic Prep: Against the defending Class 5A champion the 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior linebacker helped limit Joliet Catholic to 24 yards rushing in the first half of the Knights' 22-12 nonconference win. Cooke totaled 19 tackles, including a key tackle for loss on fourth down, one of his several fourth-down stops.
Jason Burburija, Crystal Lake South: Some players don't accumulate in a season the stats this defensive end posted in a 27-8 Fox Valley Conference victory at Burlington Central. Also an all-FVC wrestler, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior made 10.5 tackles, 9 solo and 5 for a loss. He also finished with 4 sacks, including 2 on the same drive, to help the Gators even their record at 1-1.
Dayven Shinhoster, Barrington: In the Broncos' 42-0 win over Buffalo Grove, Shinhoster, a 6-foot-1 senior linebacker, led the shutout effort with 8 tackles, including 3 for lost yardage and one quarterback sack. The win, which improved Barrington to 1-1 for the season, was the program's 500th in its history.
Jake Magad, Lakes: The Eagles have produced 8 turnovers in their first two games, and the senior has literally had a hand in that statistic. The returning all-conference linebacker led the way defensively in a 28-0 shutout of Highland Park, registering 5 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.
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