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Lucas Milz, So., RB/LB, Black Hawk/Warren football
WARREN, Ill. — Sophomore running back Lucas Milz rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns and had one catch for 39 yards, while junior quarterback Brayden Bohnsack threw for 115 yards and two touchdowns to lead the #9-ranked Warriors to a 38-29 victory over the visiting Wildcats, who had allowed just 19 total points in their first two games this season.
The Warriors (2-1 overall) and Wildcats (2-1) finished the night tied atop the league standings along with Cuba City (2-1), who held off #7 Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg (1-2), 27-20, and #8 Fennimore (2-1), who routed Southwestern (0-3), 32-12, on Friday night.
Milz answered and early 84-yard Belleville TD run with an 18-yard TD dash on the first play of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 7–6. The try for two failed, leaving the hosts down by a point.
The Warriors battled back from a 14–6 deficit with a pair of Bohnsack to Ryan Monitor second quarter TD passes to take a 20–14 lead.
Milz extended the lead to 26–14 with a 1-yard TD blast late in the third quarter, and hit pay dirt once again from two yards out midway through the fourth quarter to put the Warriors ahead by three scores at 32–14.
However, the Wildcats were not about to go down easily. Syse linked up with Nolden on a 50-yard bomb with just over four minutes remaining to pulled the Wildcats back within 11 at 32–21.
The Warriors recovered the Wildcats’ onside kick attempt, and then found the end zone a short time later on another 2-yard run by Milz with 2:44 play to put the game out of reach.
“I’m really impressed with our O-line. They are quick off the ball, they move well, and they are smart," said first-year Warriors' head coach Desie Breadon. "They are also doing better at blocking at the second and third levels and our wide receivers are doing a great job of blocking down field. It was a nice feeling during the game to watch Belleville put six or seven guys on the line and then start to have all 11 in the box and we were still able to move the ball on them.”
Manning the O-line for the Warriors on Friday were center Jexen Stietz, tackles Thatcher Schliem and Christian Eaton, and guards Owen Huschitt and Dayton Burmeister along Molitor and fellow tight ends Lane Raab and Cole Harris.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order)
Kaden Hahn, Jr., RB/LB, Fennimore football
Hahn rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns, and recorded a team-high 13 tackles and forced a fumble on defense to help Fennimore post a 32–12 victory over visiting Southwestern last Friday night at FHS.
Beau Kopp, Jr., QB, Cuba City football
Kopp completed 11 of 18 passes for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and rushed for 55 yards and a third score in the Cubans' (2–1) 27–20 victory over #7-ranked Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg last Friday night.
Tess Johnson, Sr., Libero, Riverdale volleyball
Johnson recorded 29 digs and 17 service receptions, both team highs, to lead a gritty defensive effort in Riverdale's 25–18, 25–18, 25–20 sweep of visiting Fennimore in a WIAA Alternate-Fall Division 2 regional final last Saturday at Riverdale High School. It was Riverdale's first regional championship in volleyball since 1987. Johnson posted 23 digs and 26 service receptions in a 25–21, 25–23, 25–20 sweep of Seneca in a D2 regional semifinal Saturday morning. The Chieftains (10–4) season came to an end Tuesday night with a 27–25, 25–18, 25–17 sectional semifinal loss to Cashton at the Royall Sectional. Johnson had 23 digs and 39 serve receptions in the season-ending loss.
Camry Neis, Jr., Cuba City volleyball
Neis posted a team-high 10 kills and 22 digs to lead the top-seeded Cubans to a 29–27, 25–15, 25–19 sweep of SWAL rival Southwestern in a WIAA Alternate-Fall Division 2 regional semifinal last Saturday morning. Neis then posted 7 kills and 18 digs in a five-set loss to Belleville (25–14, 25–18, 20–25, 22–25, 9–15) in the regional final Saturday night. Neis and the Cubans finished the year 11–4 overall and going 5–1 in the four-team SWAL before winning the SWAL-Spring Tournament.