St. Edward's Holte, Grant's Rainey earn Week 6 MVP accolades
Anthony Holte of St. Edward and Kyle Rainey of Grant are this week's Daily Herald football MVPs for their efforts in Week 6 games.
Anthony Holte, St. Edward: Some quarterbacks in a full season don't compile statistics like this senior amassed in a four-day span. After St. Edward's Week 5 game against Guerin was postponed 72 hours to Monday night, Holte completed 16 of 20 passes for 324 yards and 6 touchdowns. A mere 96 hours later against one-loss Chicago Christian, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound signal caller completed 16 of 20 attempts for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns to keep defending champion St. Edward (4-2, 4-0) in sole possession of first place in the Metro Suburban Red.
Jashawn Johnson, Hoffman Estates: The Hawks' sophomore wide receiver helped his team's playoff chances in a 21-16 Mid-Suburban West win over Schaumburg by hauling in 7 passes for 146 yards from QB JoJo Lovelace. Johnson caught TD passes for 51 and 26 yards as Hoffman Estates moved to 4-2 for the season.
JM Etienne, Stevenson: Few running backs have been as productive as the three-year varsity starter in the last month. With 160 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns (on 13 carries) in the host Patriots' 35-14 win over Mundelein, the senior has rushed for 639 yards and 8 TDs in his last four games. He also caught 4 passes for 48 yards against Mundelein, as Stevenson won for third time in its last four games.
Nick Plaso, Glenbard South: The senior quarterback was a true dual threat in the Raiders' 44-20 Upstate Eight Conference win over Fenton. The 6-foot-2, 184-pound Plaso read the defense to run 14 times for 104 yards with touchdowns of 1, 25 and 12 yards. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 138 yards and touchdowns of 48 and 14 yards.
Kyle Rainey, Grant: One of several three-year varsity players on his team, the senior inside linebacker has played a huge role in the Bulldogs' resurgence this season. Rainey reigned against Lakes, recording 4 sacks and a forced fumble, as the visiting Bulldogs won 25-7 for their first victory this season over a team with a winning record. Grant's 5 wins are its most since the team last went to the playoffs in 2012.
Jack Hipchen, Fremd: The 5-foot-11 senior defensive back had 2 interceptions, including one for a 21-yard touchdown, and made 4 tackles in the Vikings' 28-10 Mid-Suburban West win over Palatine. From his wide receiver position on offense, Hipchen also caught an 11-yard TD pass as the Vikings won their third straight and moved to 4-2 for the season.
Luke Meyer, St. Francis: Against a passing team like Aurora Christian it's critical to pressure the quarterback. Meyer brought the heat. The 6-foot, 170-pound senior defensive end delivered 4 sacks and a fifth tackle for loss among his 8 tackles, plus a quarterback hurry in the Spartans' 50-7 Metro Suburban Blue victory.
Gino Cerrone, St. Charles East: This free safety helped St. Charles East get off to a fast start in a 31-21 victory over St. Charles North. The 6-foot, 153-pound senior picked off two first-half passes to help the Saints bolt to a 17-0 lead. He also broke up a fourth-down pass that regained possession for his team. Cerrone, a two-way performer who played wide receiver, finished with 8 tackles, 2 for loss, in a victory that made St. Charles East playoff eligible.