Let's look at the top performances from Week 8 high school football in the Peoria area

Week 8 of the high school football season is here.

Each week, the Journal Star will take a look at the top performing teams and players from weekend games across the Peoria area.

Players from Pekin and Morton lead our list for Week 8:

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Kanye Tyler and Tanner Sprecher, Pekin

Pekin's Kanye Tyler, facing, and Tanner Sprecher hug after their 35-28 victory over Metamora on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at Malone Field in Metamora. In the background, a throng of fans and cheerleaders wait to greet them when they leave the field.

The running back duo led the way for the Dragons, who kept pace in the Mid-Illini Conference race with a 48-8 victory over East Peoria. Tyler turned three carries into 109 yards and three touchdowns. Sprecher had 113 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries for the Dragons (6-2, 4-2), who close out the season in Week 9 against Limestone (1-7, 1-5). Levi Burke added a 63-yard kickoff return for a TD.

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Seth Glatz, Morton

The prolific running back had 100 yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns to help the Potters stay tied atop the Mid-Illini Conference with a 54-6 victory over Limestone. Glatz had 97 rushing yards and two TDs on 15 carries; he added a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the scoring. Quarterback Layne Kaufman was efficient, going 5-for-6 passing with 110 yards and three TDs for Morton (6-2, 5-1), which closes out the season next week against Dunlap (5-3, 4-2).

Alex Osmulski, Notre Dame

The defensive back has two interceptions to help the Class 4A No. 10-ranked Irish beat Manual 53-14. Osmulski has eight interceptions in the last four games: three against Normal West, one against Danville, two against Bloomington and two more against Manual.

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Will Ludolph, Notre Dame

The running back finished with 10 carries for 147 yards and three touchdowns, plus a 35-yard TD catch to help the Irish (6-2, 6-1) ease past Manual, 53-14, and clinch a playoff spot. ND faces Peoria High (6-2, 6-1) to close out the season.

Thomas Borges, Washington

Washington's Thomas Borges (22) gets past Metamora's Carson Irvin for some yardage in the second half Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 at Babcook Field in Washington. The Panthers defeated the Redbirds 24-14.

The senior running back ran for 167 yards and a touchdown in a 24-14 home win over Metamora as the Panthers stay in the hunt for the Mid-Illini Conference title. Borges rushed 19 times including a 39-yard first-quarter TD on third-and-2 to start the scoring for the Panthers (6-2, 5-1), who faces East Peoria (0-8, 0-6) next week.

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Kaden Hartnett, Metamora

Metamora's Kaden Hartnett, left, tries to make an interception on a long pass from Peoria Notre Dame in the final minutes of the Redbirds' 28-15 victory Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Metamora.

The wideout caught seven balls for 174 yards and two TDs as the visiting Redbirds lost to Washington, 24-14. Hartnett had scores of 40 yards along with a 54-yard TD third-quarter grab from QB Connor Willerton, who finished with 184 yards.

Graham Glover, Dunlap

The receiver had a pair of touchdowns to help the Eagles roll past Canton 48-6 in a Mid-Illini Conference game and become playoff eligible. Dunlap (5-3, 4-2) still can earn a share of the M-I title with a win next week against Morton (6-2, 5-1) and a Washington loss to East Peoria.

Shemar Williams, Tremont

The fullback ran for 285 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries to lead the Turks past El Paso-Gridley 27-19 in a key Heart of Illinois Conference game. The Turks (6-2, 2-2) clinched a playoff berth. Kamren Schumacher ran for 164 yards on 25 carries for El Paso-Gridley (5-3, 3-1).

Brent Denniston and Lucas Blumeyer, Dee-Mack

The dynamic duo combined for 310 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns to lead Deer Creek-Mackinaw to a 36-0 victory over Fieldcrest. Denniston ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns; Blumeyer ran for 108 yards and two scores. He added 71 yards receiving on four catches for the Chiefs (6-2, 2-2 Heart of Illinois), who are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2017. 

Ethan James, Illini West

The running back has 142 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns to lead the Chargers past Hamilton West Hancock, 34-0. he ran for 103 yards on nine carries, including a 60-yard TD. He caught two passes for 39 yards for IW (4-4), which must win in Week 9 against Macomb to become playoff eligible.

JT Jeter, Macomb

The receiver  — son of Western Illinois men's basketball coach Rob Jeter — caught four passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns to help Macomb (5-3) become playoff eligible with a 28-14 victory against Havana.