NOTE: Each week, the swews4u.com sports editors; A.J. Gates (Grant County Herald Independent), Jason Nihles (Platteville Journal), Tom "Gunner" Gunnell (Republican Journal) and Erik Olson (The Richland Observer) will vote on the top prep gridiron performers of the week. Our combined vote will produce a weekly list of five "Friday Night Heroes." If you don't agree with our rankings or you feel we missed a standout performance, feel free to post a comment and plead your case.
WEEK 2's HERO OF THE WEEK -
Logan Emendorfer, QB (Platteville, sr.) - The senior completed 10-of-20 passes for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns, and also rushed for a team-high 104 yards on 20 carries and another score to lead the Hillmen to a 26-7 victory over Division 2 Holmen, a school more than twice the size of Platteville (1040-476 enrollment).
Emendorfer, a three-year starter is the unquestioned leader, of Platteville's dynamic, versatile spread offense. A year ago he passed for 1,523 yards and 17 TD, and rushed for 551 yards and nine more TDs.
Big things are once again on the horizon for Emendorfer and the unbeaten Hillmen (2-0). "Emey" has already passed for 258 yards and 5 TDs, while rushing for a team-high 168 yards in just two games.
Platteville will host Mautson (0-2) this Friday before traveling to Wisconsin Dells (0-2) on Sept. 9 for a final non-conference game.
WEEK 2's OTHER FRIDAY NIGHT HEROES
John Alanis, RB (Seneca, sr.) – carried the rock 42 times for a game-high 294 yards and three touchdowns in the Indians’ 29-22 victory over Bangor. He scored on runs of 1, 17 and 12 yards and also had one reception for 20 yards.
Brandon Wedig, RB (Belmont, jr.) – rushed 34 times for 153 yards and scored all three Belmont touchdowns in a 20-6 victory over Benton/Scales Mound. Wedig scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter, a 51-yard dash in the second, then put the game away with a 3-yard TD plunge in the final period.
Tom Keene, RB/LB (Potosi, sr.) – rushed for 115 yards on 14 carriers, in Potosi’s stunning 15-13 last-second victory, but the senior made his biggest impact on defense, making ten tackles and recording three takeaways (two fumble recoveries and one interception.
Lancaster’s entire defense – The Flying Arrows picked off Fennimore quarterback Ian Streeter six times and could have had a couple more and really was the key to setting up the offense with great field position in a lop-sided 47-6 victory. Streeter was pressured by the front four all night and the linebackers were very effective in their blitz packages. The Arrows’ D also recorded three sacks and the special teams chipped in with an 88-yard Troy Baker kick return for a touchdown.
Alex Wright, RB (Potosi, jr.) – caught the game-winning 20-yard touchdown pass as time expired to lift the Chieftains to a dramatic 15-13 victory. Wright also scored on an 18-yard run earlier in the second half.
Tyler Kleist, RB (Highland, sr.) – 14 rushes, 140 yards, 4 TDs
Trevor Koch, QB (Ithaca, jr.) – 13-18, 193 yards, 2 TDs, 0 Ints.