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De La Salle wide receiver D.J. Bland highlights Week 2 of football playoffs

Originally Published: November 9, 2009
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

The second week of the football playoffs provided another crop of individual top performers. Here's a look at who stood out from the weekend.

De La Salle wide receiver D.J. Bland: Bland probably had the best individual performance of the second round. He caught two touchdown passes, returned two kicks for touchdowns and had an interception in De La Salle's 33-20 win over Crystal Lake Central in Class 6A.

Morgan Park quarterback DaRon Brown: Brown's season ended with Morgan Park's loss to Lemont, but he kept the Mustangs competitive. He rushed for 257 yards on 21 carries and was 11 of 22 for 155 passing yards. He accounted for all four of Morgan Park's touchdowns.

Wheaton North quarterback Reece Butler: Butler kept Wheaton North's improbable run going as he threw for two touchdowns and ran for one in the Falcons' 38-24 win over Prospect in Class 7A.

Loyola quarterback Will Forsyth: Forsyth threw for three touchdowns in Loyola's 21-7 win over Warren in Class 8A. On the second one, he rolled left, broke right, nearly fell, gathered himself and then completed the touchdown pass.

Glenbard North defensive lineman Chris Gavigan: Gavigan had two of Glenbard North's four sacks in the Panthers' win over Sandburg in Class 8A. The Panthers' defense knocked Sandburg for a loss on 16 plays.

Montini running back/linebacker Ryan Gorell: Gorell scored three touchdowns and intercepted a pass in the second half in Montini's 42-21 win over Marian Central in Class 5A.

Providence running back Tim Hanrahan: Hanrahan ran for 206 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the Celtics' 16-10 double-overtime win over Oswego.

Mount Carmel defensive back/running back Milton Greer: Greer ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Caravan's 23-16 win over Warren in Class 8A. Greer also broke up a late Warren pass attempt into the end zone.

Cary-Grove running back Alex Hembry: Hembry ran for 212 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries in the Trojans' 48-28 win over Highland Park in Class 6A.

St. Charles North linebacker Dominic Imbordino: Imbordino provided the heroics in St. Charles North's win over Elk Grove as he intercepted a pass in the end zone in the final minute.

Wheaton Warrenville South defensive back Joseph Krob: Just as Geneva was making its comeback and had pulled within 23-16, Krob emerged with an interception with 3:15 left to play in the game to secure the win.

Glenbard West running back JT Mesch: Mesch caught two touchdown passes and rushed in for another to help the Hilltoppers to a 27-14 win over Hononegah.

Lake Zurich kicker Max Methling: Methling connected on field goals from 26, 35 and 44 yards in Lake Zurich's 30-28 win over Crystal Lake South in Class 7A. After the game, Methling left to play in the Class 3A soccer state championship, which the Bears lost 2-1 in overtime.

Prospect quarterback Miles Osei: Osei did all he could in Prospect's loss to Wheaton North in Class 7A. He rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for 339 yards.

Marist quarterback Mike Perish: Perish was 24-for-33 for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the RedHawks' 24-7 win over Naperville Central in Class 8A.

Glenbrook South quarterback Mike Pullano: Pullano had a career day against Proviso West as he threw for five touchdowns in the Titans' 44-6 win. He completed 10-of-15 passes for 162 yards.

Maine South wide receiver Alex Romano: With Maine South missing four starters due to suspension, Romano stepped up his play as he caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Tyler Benz in the Hawks' 34-18 win over Leyden in Class 8A.

Glenbard West defensive tackle Tommy Schutt: Schutt had two of Glenbard West's three sacks in the Hilltoppers' win over Hononegah in Class 7A.

Downers Grove South quarterback Chandler Whitmer: Whitmer led the Mustangs on two fourth-quarter scoring drives to upset Bolingbrook 22-19 in Class 8A. On the final one, he put Downers Grove South ahead with a rushing touchdown with 1:37 remaining.

Fremd running back Evan Wright: Wright continued to put up big numbers. He rushed for 181 yards on 39 carries and scored the winning touchdown in Fremd's 21-14 win over Lake Park in Class 8A.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at preps@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.