Friday Night Drive’s Team of the Week for Week 1

The 11 best on offense and defense for Week 1 of the fall football season in northern Illinois, as voted on by you

The Week 1 Friday Night Drive Team of the Week is here.

After 6,887 people voted, tallying up 10,275 total votes, we are proud to announce the Team of the Week. Thank you to our presenting sponsor: Schweickert, Ganassin, Krzak, Rundio, LLP.

Team of the Week MVP: Tyreke Fortney, WR, St. Bede

Fortney had only six touches but racked up 286 yards and 4 TDs (91, 67, 65, 44 yards) in a 53-0 win. He received more than 600 votes at for our Team of the Week MVP.

Team of the Week



Jimmy Makuh, Hersey

13-for-22, 255 yards, 4 passing TDs

Colton Madura, Crystal Lake Central

19-107-2 rushing, 7-11-142 1 TD passing in 32-21 win over Huntley. Led Tigers to 25 second-half points.

Matt Sommerdyke, Wheaton Warrenville South

11-for-17, 244 yards, 4 TDs in 42-28 win over Oak Park-River Forest

Running Back

Booker Cross, Rock Falls

186 rushing yards, 1 TD, 46 receiving yards, 1 TD, 1 pass deflection, 1 sack

Ben Ludlum, Jacobs

177 yards, 18 carries with 3 TDs, including 3-yard, go-ahead score with 7.8 seconds left

Brent Blitek, Crystal Lake Central

19-152-2 rushing as Tigers upset Huntley, 32-21


Tyreke Fortney, St. Bede

6 touches, 286 yards, 4 TDs (91, 67, 65, 44 yards) in 53-0 win

Joey Pope, Glenbard West

272 all-purpose yards, 3 TDs in win over Grandville (11 carries, 132 yards, 54 receiving yards, 86-yard KR for TD)

Karsten Libby, Wheaton North

3 catches, each of them for touchdowns in varsity debut, 50-0 win over Downers Grove South

Offensive Line

Mitch Helm, Crystal Lake Central

The Tigers had two 100-yard rushers and scored 25 second-half points in 32-21 win over Huntley.

Macguire Moss, Batavia

OL had 3 rush TDs, 1 sack allowed


Defensive Line

Andrew Laurich, Yorkville

6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in win over Romeoville

Ryan McCord, Rock Falls

1 sack

Andrew Blackburn-Forst, Lockport

1 pass defended (intercepted by teammate for score), 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery

Jonah Williams, Morris

7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery


Gavin Sarvis, Burlington Central

14 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 on Hampshire’s final drive in a 28-25 victory.

Will Martin, Crystal Lake Central

12 tackles, 2 TFL and 1 INT in 32-21 win over Huntley.

Jadon Mims, IC Catholic Prep

10 tackles in win over Montini

Carson Etheridge, Princeton

Led Tiger defense that shut down No. 2 Class 2A Rockridge, 49-7

Defensive Backs

KJ Parker, IC Catholic Prep

5 tackles, 3 passes defended, 2 INTs and a forced fumble against Montini.

Ethan Tierney, DeKalb

Had the game-sealing interception in overtime for the Barbs, not to mention tackles and deflections throughout the game

Johnny Spalasso, Kaneland

Had a late interception to seal the win over Andrew