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Robby Roe, Jr., WR/DB, Potosi/Cassville
Potosi/Cassville junior Robby Roe did all he could to help the host Chieftains in last Thursday's WIAA Division 6 Level 2 playoff game against Highland. Roe hauled in five receptions for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it wasn't quite enough as the visiting Cardinals recovered a Potosi/Cassville fumble in the end zone on the final play of the game to score a stunning 19–13 victory in a game that looked like it was headed to overtime.
Roe snagged a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch for a 21-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Levi Groom to cap a 51-yard scoring drive for the home team to tie the game at 7–7 with 6:49 to play in the second quarter. Groom and Roe connected again with just 59 seconds showing on the third quarter clock, with a 16-yard TD completion to cap off a 61-yard scoring drive, but the Chieftains missed the extra point and the game remained tied at 13–13.
Potosi/Cassville drove to the Highland 4-yard-line, but fumbled on a 4th-and-1 play with 1:50 remaining. The Chieftains then stuffed the Cardinals on 4th-and-Goal at the one with two seconds left in the game to seemingly force overtime, but Potosi/Cassville fumbled the snap into the end zone on the final play of regulation and Highland's Gabe Benish recovered with no time left to win the game.
The game was the end of the season for both teams regardless of the outcome as the WIAA decided to end its 2020 football playoffs with Level 2 games after the delayed start to the season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Roe finished his outstanding junior year with 31 receptions for 700 yards and 14 touchdowns (in just eight games), which was tied for third in the entire state to help the Chieftains to a 5–3 record.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Kaydan Addie, Sr., F, Platteville/Lancaster boys soccer
Addie was named the SWC Player of the Year for a second straight year and first-team All-SWC for a third straight time after scoring 19 goals and passing out four assists in just eight matches this year to lead the Hillmen (5–3, 5–2 SWC), who finished second in the SWC. Addie was also named to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State team last week for a second straight season. He scored six goals in Platteville/Lancaster’s final regular season match to break Jesse Brown’s 16-year old school record for most career goals (88). Addie finished his stellar four-year career with 91 goals and 28 assists.
Riley Christensen, Sr., QB/LB, Belmont football
Christensen was recently named the 2020 8-Player Football Offensive Player of the Year by WisSports.net. The returning WSN 8-Player Offensive Player of the Year, Christensen led the state in rushing with 1,372 yards and 26 touchdowns on 118 carries (11.6 yard average), and greatly improved his passing this season, completing 67.3% of his passes for 478 yards and nine scores with no interceptions. In two years of 8-player football, he accumulated 4,901 total yards of offense and was responsible for 79 touchdowns. As a junior in 2019, he scored rushing, passing, and receiving touchdowns in the same game on three different occasions. He finished that year with 854 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, with 1,960 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground to go with three receiving touchdowns. Christensen was recently named the Player of the Year in the Southern-8 Conference. In the season-ending 24-20 win over previously unbeaten Gilman, he had 347 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries to help the Braves cap off an undefeated season.
Christensen was also one of five area seniors recently named Academic All-State by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.
Adam Bird, Sr., OL/DL, Platteville football; Seth Millsap, Sr., WR/DB, Platteville football; Connor Timlin, Sr., OL/DL, Platteville football and Jack Kaiser, Sr., OL/DL, Potosi/Cassville football
Bird, Millsap, Timlin and Kaiser were among the 319 senior football players that earned WFCA Academic All-State honors this fall for thier high level of success in the classroom. All athletes and teams, including those who moved to the alternate spring season, were eligible for Academic All-State. To earn individual academic All-State honors, the player must be a senior and carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 and be a varsity letter winner.