Elk Grove's Ridge, WW South's Rogers Week 7 MVPs
Ian Ridge of Elk Grove and Michael Rogers of Wheaton Warrenville South are the Daily Herald football MVPs for their efforts in Week 7 games.
Ian Ridge, Elk Grove: The Grenadiers' 5-foot-8, 170-pound junior had a game for the ages in his team's 59-33 win over Wheeling. Ridge had a school-record 422 yards rushing on 33 carries and scored an eye-popping 7 touchdowns. His TDs came on runs of 11, 4, 23, 1, 8, 43 and 10 yards.
Nathan Hayes, St. Charles East: Sophomores rarely exhibit the kind of poise Hayes demonstrated in the waning moments of St. Charles East's 30-29 victory at state-ranked Batavia. Overall, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback completed 14 of 28 attempts for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns. His highlight came with 1:44 remaining when he connected with senior receiver Nathan Hull for a 64-yard touchdown that knotted the score at 29-29 ahead of the extra point. The clutch play helped lift the Saints to a 6-1 record and into a three-way tie for first place in the DuKane Conference.
Derrick McLaughlin, Warren: In a big game, the big back turned in a big-time performance. The 6-foot, 205-pound senior and Indiana State commit rushed for a career-high 210 yards on 27 carries, as the undefeated Blue Devils stopped host Lake Zurich's four-game winning streak with a 24-3 win. He scored on runs of 51 and 4 yards, giving him 12 touchdowns on the season, as Warren improved to 7-0.
Sam Tumilty, Willowbrook: The Warriors quarterback did a bit of everything in a 35-21 West Suburban Conference crossover victory over York. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior completed 12 of 19 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed for 139 yards. Tumilty also caught a 65-yard touchdown pass.
Michael Rogers, Wheaton Warrenville South: Rogers was sideline to sideline for the Tigers in their 27-7 DuKane Conference victory over Lake Park. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior linebacker made an incredible 19 tackles, including 11 solo tackles and 2 tackles for loss as WW South became playoff eligible with its fifth victory.
Nick Bucaro, Bartlett: This 6-foot, 165-pound Hawk sunk his talons into 3 interceptions to help lift Bartlett to a 39-10 Upstate Eight Conference victory over Larkin. The junior free safety -- also a wide receiver who caught 8 passes for 58 yards -- returned his first interception 14 yards. He returned his third interception 88 yards through traffic to cap the scoring. Bucaro also contributed 2 tackles and a pass breakup as Bartlett improved to 6-1.
Brandon Burdette, Lakes: The senior defensive back wears a jersey number (No. 84) often associated with a wide receiver. After intercepting a pass against host Grayslake Central, he showed off the speed and elusiveness of a receiver. His 38-yard Pick 6 was one of two defensive scores by the Eagles in their 47-13 win. Burdette's interception helped Lakes build a 40-0 lead by halftime. He also had 7 tackles (3 solos).
Peter Skoronski, Maine South: A 6-foot-4, 275-pound senior defensive lineman, Skoronski came up with one of the key plays in the Hawks' 40-10 win over Glenbrook North. Skoronski, a Northwestern recruit, returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown as the Hawks moved to 5-2 for the season and 2-0 in the Central Suburban South.