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

The 11 best on offense and defense for Round 1 of the playoffs in northern Illinois, as voted on by you

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

After 2,985 people voted, tallying 5,418 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: Belay Brummel, Wheaton Academy

Team of the Week



Belay Brummel, Wheaton Academy

18-for-27 passing, 277 yards, 4 TDs

Nate Kraus, Yorkville

16 carries, 127 yards, 2 TDs, including game-winner with 51 seconds left, 10-for-17 passing, 92 yards

Kolby Franks, Erie-Prophetstown

23 carries, 196 yards, 4 TDs; passed for 2 TDs

Running Back

Jason Thomas, Glenbard West

14 carries, 77 yards, 3 TDs, two long kickoff returns to set up TDs

Elliot Cassem, Reed-Custer

23 carries, 204 yards, TD

Joey Tumilty, Willowbrook

21 carries, 236 yards, 3 TDs

Kaleb Miller, Nazareth

98 yards rushing, 4 TDs


Michael Prokos, Crystal Lake South

7 catches, 122 yards, 1 TD

Dylan Swanstrom, Lemont

2 punt returns for TD

Offensive Line

Lincoln Cooley, Sycamore

Spartans ran for 264 yards, and most of those were behind him

Joe Volenec, Jacobs

Helped pave way for 412 rushing yards


Defensive Line

Philip Dozier, Glenbard West

2 sacks in 38-10 win over Oswego

Beau Ewers, Marquette

Fumble recovery, 2 tackles for loss, led offense that had 345 total yards

Jake Davies, Yorkville

2 tackles defensively, 3 catches for 35 yards on offense

Zach Petko, Cary-Grove

Helped hold Rockford East scoreless in 1st half of 41-8 first-round win


Hunter Janeczko, Yorkville

11 tackles, sack in 26-22 win over Plainfield Central

Jack Blum, Crystal Lake Central

Two sacks in 55-28 win over Amundsen, was all over the field

Jurnee Reed, Marquette

Two tackles for loss, INT; on offense 13 carries, 75 yards, TD

Jace Christian, Reed-Custer

11 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Defensive Back

Mason Loucks, Prairie Ridge

40-yard INT return for TD, 7 rushes for 60 yards, 51 passing yards

Trevor Hudak, Minooka

2 INTs

A.J. Zweeres, Morris

2 INTs, 4 tackles