Yorkville senior quarterback Nate Kraus is one of 11 recipients from Illinois of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award. The award is earned through excellence in the classroom, on the football field and in the community.
Jack Lausch led Brother Rice's offense to touchdowns on five of its six first-half drives, and the Crusaders rode a 38-point halftime lead to a 45-7 win over Yorkville in a Class 7A second-round game to advance to a rematch with Mt. Carmel next week.
Wheaton Academy junior quarterback Belay Brummel, who threw for 277 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Coal City in a Class 4A first-round playoff game, is the Friday Night Drive Team of the Week MVP as voted on by readers.
Also a standout wrestler and state qualifier in the spring, junior linebacker Hunter Janeczko has emerged as a rock in the middle of the Yorkville defense that gets a stiff test this week with a high-powered Brother Rice offense coming to town for a Class 7A second-round game.