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Defensive Player of the Week revealed

By Kassondra Burtis, SportsEngine, 10/24/17, 9:00AM CDT

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See who had the most impressive performance during Week 8.

Player of the Week winner

Onte Burns, Robbinsdale CooperThe senior linebacker played a key role in the Hawks' 41-34 win over Irondale. He finished with 25 tackles, bringing his season total to 104 -- fourth best in the state -- and recorded his sixth interception of the season.

Player of the Week candidates

Onte Burns, Robbinsdale Cooper: The senior linebacker played a key role in the Hawks' 41-34 win over Irondale. He finished with 25 tackles, bringing his season total to 104 -- fourth best in the state -- and recorded his sixth interception of the season.

Shawn Buysse, Minneota: The junior linebacker made 15 tackles in a 48-14 win over Lac Qui Parle Valley.

Kelby Jaenisch, MACCRAY: Jaenisch posted his fifth game with 20 or more tackles in a 64-41 loss to Edgerton/Ellsworth. The junior linebacker finished with 24 tackles, raising his total to a state-best 141.

Jonah Johnson, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton: The senior linebacker made 15 tackles in a 46-22 win over Hills-Beaver Creek.

Ryan Kuechle, Mankato East: The junior linebacker led the Cougars with 14 tackles, helping to hold Faribault to just one touchdown in a 29-6 win.

Kris Kurtz, Mound Westonka: Behind the play of Kurtz, White Hawks edged St. Paul Central 37-34. The junior linebacker and made 15 tackles and had an interception.

Braden Tyrrell, Staples-Motley: The senior linebacker registered a season-high 21 tackles in a 20-12 win over Pillager.

MIchael Werner, Minneapolis South: Werner had 13 tackles and one sack in a 14-7 win over St. Agnes, leading a Tigers defense that held the Aggies scoreless in the second half.

Odell Wilson, Minneapolis North: The Polars defense held Concordia Academy to just 120 total yards in a 34-0 win, while the senior had 13 tackles and one sack.

Ben Zayzay, Fridley: The senior defensive back finished with 18 tackles in a 27-18 win over Providence Academy.

*Stats and records as of Oct. 22

Athletes are considered for the Player of the Week poll only if their stats are entered on the MN Football Hub by 10 a.m. on Sundays. If any coaches or members of their coaching staff would like to be set up to enter stats, please email scores@sportsengine.com.

MN Football Hub polls are for entertainment purposes only. 



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