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Donovan Blevins, WR, Platteville football
Platteville graduate Donovan Blevins closed out his prep football career by helping the South All-Stars rally for a 22–21 comeback victory in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Football Game at UW–Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium. Blevins hauled in a game-high seven passes for 113 yards, including a key 25-yard game to jump-start the South’s game-winning drive in the final two minutes. Blevins is this week’s Mast Water Technology SWNews4U.com Athlete of the Week.
After Platteville quarterback Ethan Berhardt’s 3rd-and-long pass was intercepted in the end zone with five minutes remaining in the game, the South defense made a fourth-down stop at its own 35 with 1:50 left to give the team one last chance to complete the comeback. Bernhardt connected with Blevins on first down to move the ball to midfield. Then, three plays later he hit Markesan’s Drew Bernhagen for a 12-yard yard gain to extend the drive. After a pair of incompletions, Lake Mills QB Ben Dunkleberger came in and gained five yards on 3rd-and-10 to set up Melrose-Mindoro’s Victor Ponteiro’s game-winning 40-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining.
Blevins, a WFCA first-team All-State selection, hauled in 65 receptions for 1,315 yards and 21 touchdowns (all single season school records) last fall to lead the Hillmen to a 9–2 record and a share of a second straight Southwest Wisconsin Conference title. He finished his career with 106 catches (third in school history) for 1,904 yards and 30 TDs (both school records).
Trevor Neuroth, Fennimore
Neuroth caught a 30-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter to get the South on the board in last Saturday’s WFCA Small Schools All-Star Game. He then returned home and helped the Fennimore American Legion Post 184 baseball team win the Westby regional with a 12–9 victory over Prairie du Chien on Monday to help Fennimore advance to this weekend’s American Legion Class A state tournament in Osceola. Neuroth and Fennimore (21–4) will face Wrightstown at 1 p.m. Friday to begin the state tournament.