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By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal
Beau Kopp, Sr., QB/DB, Cuba City football
All-State quarterback Beau Kopp accounted for six of the Cubans’ seven scores, connecting on four touchdown passes — spread among three receivers — and rushing for two more TDs to lead the Cubans over the Knights 50—14 in a non-conference clash.
The Cubans forced a quick three-and-out, then marched right down the field and took the lead for good when Kopp hooked up with Mason Reese from 15 yards out to make it 6–0. After the Knights went three-and-out again, the Cubans offense went right back to work with Kopp teaming with Carter Olson for a 46-yard TD pass to make it 13–0.
After the Knights cut the lead to 13–8, Olson took a shovel pass from Kopp 18 yard to pay dirt to make it 20–8. He later tossed a 36-yard TD pass to Chayse Barth late in the second quarter to make it 36–14. Kopp then capped a nine-play, 66-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run to begin the third quarter. He added a 15-yard TD run later in the quarter to account for the final score.
Kopp finished the night completing 12-of-15 passes for 182 yards with four TDs (15, 46, 18, 36) and an interception and rushing nine times for 34 yards and two TDs (5, 15). Olson hauled in six catches for 94 yards and two TDs, while Barth had one catch for 36 yards and a score and also ran seven times for a team-high 82 yards.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order)
Devin Digamn, Sr., TE/DE, Platteville football
Digman caught a career-high eight passes for 130 yards and 2 TDs, including an 86-yard touchdown, in Friday's 53–21 loss to Darlington. He also finished with a team-high five tackles, including two tackles for loss.
Easton Evanstad, Sr., RB/LB, Darlington football
Evanstad rushed for 170 yards and three TDs on 12 carries, and had three returns for 97 yards to helpd Darlington run away from host Platteville 53–21 last Friday night.
Brianna Kirsch, So., Lancaster girls golf
Sophomore Brianna Kirsch has won medalist honors in all three meets last week, while leading the Lancaster girls golf team to first in two of them, and second in the other. Last Thursday, the Flying Arrows traveled to Wisconsin Dells, where they played the Arbor Course at Trappers Turn Country Club and finished one stroke behind host Wisconsin Dells for second place. Kirsch picked up medalist honors with a three-over-par round of 39, which was five strokes better than Stella Scott’s 44 from Wisconsin Dells. Last Friday, the Lancaster ladies traveled to the Darlington Ringen Invitational, where they finished first of seven teams with a score of 382. Finishing 13 strokes ahead of her closest competitor, Kirsch earned medalist honors with a nine-over-par round of 79, This past Monday, the Lancaster ladies competed at the Prairie du Chien Country Club, where they finished first amongst their conference competitors with a team score of 210, three strokes better than second-place Wisconsin Dells. Kirsch again dominated her competition with a two-over-par round of 38, finishing 11 strokes ahead of her closest competitors.
Maximos Miles, Jr., RB/DB and the Fennimore offensive line Fennimore football
Miles rushed for a career-high 212 yards and a 5-yard touchdown on 19 carries to lead the Golden Eagles to a dominating 47–0 non-conference victory over Iowa–Grant last Friday night in the 51st annual Milk Can Game. Fennimore offensive linemen senior Devin Kreul (LT), junior Maverick Schauff (LG), sophomore Wyatt Miles (C), senior Cameron Winkers (RG) and senior Alex Downing (RT) opened the holes for Miles and paved the way for Fennimore's 425-yard rushing night as a team. The Eagles have now won five straight meetings against the Panthers, but IG holds a 33–18 lead in the all-time Milk Can series.
Potosi/Cassville football offensive line
Seniors Brad Perry (6’2”-210 pounds), Logan Uppena (6’4”-200) and Owen Vogelsberg (6’2”-210), along with juniors Sam Post (6’1”-190), Nick Hampton (5’10”-205) and Cooper Emler (6’2”-200) cleared the way for Potosi/Cassville's 464 yards of total offense in Friday's 48–0 non-conference victory at Wauzeka–Steuben/Seneca. Behind their large front line, Potosi/Cassville rushed for 285 yards and four TDs on 34 attempts for an average of 8.4 yards per attempt and were equally as explosive through as senior Levi Groom (7-for-10, 148 yards 1 TD) and Raz Okey (3-for-3, 31 yds, TD) combined for 179 yards and 2 TDs passing.