Friday Night Drive’s Team of the Week for Week 5

The 11 best on offense and defense for Week 5 of the fall football season in northern Illinois, as voted on by you

The Week 5 Friday Night Drive Team of the Week is here.

After 4,660 people voted, tallying 6,998 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: Brent Blitek, RB, Crystal Lake Central

Team of the Week



John Brady, St. Bede

10-of-14, 289 yards, 4 TDs, ran for 52 yards in 34-21 win

Hayden Timosciek, Lockport

16-for-21, 297 yards, 4 pass TDs

Billy Cernugel, Hinsdale Central

13-for-20, 203 yards, 1 TD, 48 rushing yards, 3 TDs in win over Oak Park-River Forest

Running Back

Brent Blitek, Crystal Lake Central

27 carries, 231 yards, 5 TDs in 48-20 win over Dundee-Crown

Javarius Whitfield, Ottawa

30 carries for 292 yards, 4 touchdowns in Pirates’ win at Woodstock North

Tom Durdan, Marquette

28 carries for 291 yards, 2 TDs; 5 receptions for 114 yards, 3 TDs; 2 pass INTs, fumble recovery on defense in 62-42 win over Hope Academy


Quentin Spencer, Wheaton Warrenville South

112 all-purpose yards, 2 TDs in 24-7 win over St. Charles East

Quentrell Harris, Nazareth

2 catches, 112 yards, 2 TDs, punt return for TD in win over Carmel

Bennett Sierens, Princeton

6 catches, 2 TDs, 172 yards receiving

Offensive Line

Jacob Welch, Johnsburg

Led the line as the Skyhawks (0-5) nearly knocked off Plano (4-1) in a 27-26 loss.

Ethen Swords, Ottawa

Pirates lineman led the way for a 427-yard night (360 on the ground) in win at Woodstock North


Defensive Line

Tommy Rosenow, Sycamore

Absorbed double teams against L-P, letting LBs shine in holding Cavs to 94 yards, 206 less than their season average

Grant Stec, Jacobs

8 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss in 27-17 win over Huntley. Defense allowed only a FG in second half.

Nick Seplak, Coal City

10 tackles, including 1 for loss. Also caught 10-yard TD pass in 24-12 win over Lisle

Andy Burburija, Crystal Lake South

14 tackles in 46-22 win over Burlington Central


Anton Cain, St. Bede

9 tackles, 2 INTs; also had two receptions for 89 yards, 2 TDs

David Loch, York

13 tackles for Dukes’ defense that didn’t allow a point in 14-7 win over Lyons

Phillip Carlton, Plainfield Central

8 tackles, 1 sack, 4 tackles for loss

Wade Abrams, Cary-Grove

Led defense that held No. 5 Prairie Ridge to 1 TD in 42-7 victory; five carries for 85 yards, 1 TD on offense

Defensive Back

Connor Wall, York

2 INTs in critical situations in 14-7 win over Lyons

Charlton Jones, Plainfield Central

INT return for a TD, 4 tackles (1 TFL) as Wildcats shutout Joliet West

Landon Jacoby, Richmond-Burton

Two interception return TDs in 55-6 win over Sandwich