After rallying to defeat Kaneland, 21-20, in the final week of the spring football season, La Salle-Peru cracked the top 10 in the Associated Press poll.
The Cavaliers, who finished 5-0, were voted No. 9 in Class 5A in the final AP poll. Kaneland, which was ranked No. 9 in Class 6A, fell into the others receiving votes category.
Princeton (6-0) remained No. 2 in the AP Class 3A poll and moved up to No. 2 from No. 3 in 3A in the Shaw Media Coaches Poll.
The Tigers, who rallied to defeat Fulton, 49-38, in Week 6, received two first-place votes in the AP Poll.
Fieldcrest (4-0) finished No. 5 in 2A in the Shaw Media Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the AP Poll.
Four L-P players land on FND Team of the Week
L-P landed more players on the final Friday Night Drive Team of the Week than any school in the state with four players selected.
L-P’s Tyler Hartman, Drake Weber, Chris Swayne and David Narkis were voted onto the team after helping the Cavaliers overcome a two-touchdown deficit in the second half to defeat Class 6A No. 9-ranked Kaneland, 21-20.
Hartman threw for 115 yards and a touchdown, ran for 79 yards and recorded eight tackles; Weber rushed for 80 yards and a TD, kicked three extra points and made eight tackles; Swayne had nine tackles and two tackles for loss and Narkis intercepted two passes, including one that set up an L-P score.
Princeton quarterback Tyler Gibson also earned a spot after throwing for 266 yards and three touchdowns and running for a TD in the Tigers’ 49-38 comeback win over Fulton.
15 L-P players earn All-Interstate Eight Conference
L-P quarterback Tyler Hartman was named co-Offensive MVP of the Interstate Eight Conference.
Hartman ran for 270 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 232 yards and a pair of TDs this season.
Also earning all-conference honors for the Cavs were running back Matt Carrico, athletes Sean Whitfield and Drake Weber, linebacker Chris Swayne, defensive linemen Levi Reed and Weston Wenzel and offensive lineman Carson Mrowicki.
Defensive backs David Narkis and Tre’von Hunter, linebacker Luke Mertes and offensive linemenWill Daugherty, Aidan Van Duzer, Eric Lane and Andrew DeMaso were honorable mention selections.