Playoffs notebook: Round 2 standouts

In most years, Montini’s Jordan Westerkamp or Simeon’s Robert Gregory would have been the story of the second round of the IHSA state football playoffs.

On Saturday, Westerkamp showed why he’s become a major college recruit, catching 11 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns in Montini’s win over Sycamore in Class 5A. His single-day yardage ranks him in the top 50 in state history.

Gregory also put together a historic performance, scoring seven touchdowns in Simeon’s 55-50 win over Schaumburg in Class 7A. Gregory completed 12-of-15 passes for 299 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. His seven scores ranks 25th in the record books.

But neither Westerkamp nor Gregory had the most memorable performance of the weekend.

That belonged to Glenbard West wide receiver Mark Hiben. Hiben caught 12 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns in the Hilltoppers’ 42-28 win over Lincoln-Way East in Class 7A. His single-game receiving yardage broke the state record.

“He’s a very quiet, reserved kid, but inside he’s as confident of a football player as I’ve ever seen in my life,” Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. “He’ll never ever tell you that. He’s just an amazing kid. He’s just going to do his job. He believes no one cover him. He won’t say that publicly. There are people who can cover him, but if he believes that, I’m not going to tell him any differently.”

Aside from Hiben, Gregory and Westerkamp, there were other individuals who stepped up for their respective teams. Here’s a look at the other star performers from the second round of the playoffs.

Class 8A

  • Loyola’s Peter McGuire recovered a fumble and returned it 62 yards in the Ramblers’ 14-7 win over Fremd.

  • Maine South quarterback Matt Alviti was 18 of 24 for 340 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 36-12 win over Bartlett.

  • Naperville North’s Ron Coluzzi made three field goals in the Huskies’ 29-10 win over York.

  • Homewood-Flossmoor’s Malik Norman rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 34-28 win over Waubonsie Valley.

    Class 7A

  • Wheaton Warrenville South’s Titus Davis caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 44-0 win over Wheaton North.

  • Minooka defensive lineman Alex Hamilton knocked down a pass at the line of the scrimmage and came up with a big tackle on Plainfield South’s final drive to secure a 41-38 win.

  • St. Rita’s Jahwon Akui rushed for 228 yards and five touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 38-21 win over Harlem.

    Class 6A

  • Marmion running back T.J. Lally rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns and on defense helped prevent from Thornton Fractional South from scoring on a two-point conversion with 10.9 seconds remaining to give his team a 28-27 win.

  • Crystal Lake South quarterback Drew Ormseth rushed for three second-half touchdowns to rally the Gators to a 28-17 win over Lake Forest.

  • Prairie Ridge’s Luke Lamar returned the opening kickoff for a 99-yard touchdown to set the tone for his team’s 20-6 win over Morgan Park.

  • Lemont’s Clayton Fejedelem scored three rushing touchdowns and intercepted a pass in the Indians’ 28-10 win over Lemont.

  • Cary-Grove’s Patrick O’Malley rushed for 233 yards and a touchdown in the Trojans’ 35-0 win over Robeson.

  • Crete-Monee’s Lexus Jackson returned a kickoff for an 86-yard touchdown with less two minutes remaining to give his team a 29-25 win over Rock Island.

    Class 5A

  • Joliet Catholic’s Josh Ferguson rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in the Hilltoppers’ 49-7 win over Sterling.

  • Vernon Hills’ DaVaris Daniels scored three touchdowns in the Cougars’ 37-22 win over Tinley Park.

  • Marian Central’s Jared Koch ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 40-7 win over Grayslake Central.