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 3's HERO OF THE WEEK -
Nate Carrier, RB/DB (Shullsburg, sr.) - The senior had perhaps the Game of the Week for the entire state of Wisconsin. Carrier racked up 388 yards rushing on 32 carries, five touchdowns, a two-point conversion rushing, 76-yard interception return and six tackles on defense, and 96 yards on four kick returns in a wild win 54-41 win over Pecatonica/Argyle. His final total was 556 all-purpose yards and 32 points scored.
Shullsburg's all-time leading rusher now holds the single-game school record for rushing yards in a game after Friday's performance. It was also the 14th best all-time rushing total in the state according to Wissports.net. Carrier scored on runs of 11, 41, 66, 25 and 74 yards. His interception came at the Miners' 2-yard line with Pec/Argyle driving and the score tied at 34-34. Shullsburg scored moments later to take a 42-34 lead (Carrier added the conversion run) and the Miners (1-2, 1-2 Six Rivers) never trailed again.
WEEK 3's OTHER FRIDAY NIGHT HEROES
2.John Alanis, RB (Seneca, sr.) – ran for 271 yards and scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion as the Seneca Indians outscored the Ithaca Bulldogs 27-20 in a key match-up of Ridge and Valley Conference football teams. Alanis has rushed for 837 yards in three games this season as Seneca has gone 3-0.
3.Seth Rowe, RB/LB (Darlington, sr.) – in his first action of the season, the senior fullback lugged the rock for a game-high 211 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carriers in a 40-7 win over Riverdale. For his first game of the year, Rowe showed up in a big way.
4.Jaalen Riebe, QB (Prairie du Chien, sr.) – completed 10-of-18 passes for 231 yards and two TDs in a 42-22 victory over Wisconsin Dells. Riebe also had a 6-yard first-quarter touchdown run in the victory.
5.Jace Johnsrude, RB/DB (Black Hawk, sr.) – was a true dual-threat in Black’s Hawks 65-14 victory over River Ridge. The speedy senior carried the ball six times for 125 yards and two scores, and also caught three passes for 108 yards and two more touchdowns to help the Warriors rally from a 14-13 first-quarter deficit.
Blake Welu, QB (Iowa-Grant, sr.) – completed 4-of-6 passes for 127 yards and three first-quarter TDs in a 41-0 win over Boscobel. After taking an early 20-0 lead on Welu three touchdown strikes I-G turned to the run game and didn’t need Welu to throw anymore.
Kory Stevens, RB/LB (Richland Center, sr.) – 9 carries, 155 yards, 2 TDs for an average of 17.2 yards per carry. Had TD runs of 64 and 56 yards in the second quarter in a 27-14 loss to Westfield.
Collin Roach, WR/DB (Prairie du Chien, jr.) – had three catches for 154 yards, including a 93-yard TD catch. He also had a 55-yard TD run in a 42-22 victory over Wisconsin Dells.