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Friday Night Heroes (Week 6)
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Cuba City junior Brandon Slaats

NOTE: Each week, the sports editors of; 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.



Logan Emendorfer, QB/DB (Platteville, sr.) – had the single greatest night of his already accomplished career, leading host Platteville to a dominating 51-14 victory over Prairie du Chien. Emendorfer completed 11-of-14 passes for 272 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. He also rushed for 77 yards and a sixth TD, and made 10 tackles on defense, including a pair of bone rattling hits.

The senior standout had now completed 53-of-78 passes (68.0 %) for 875 yards and 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The Hillmen, who are currently ranked second in the Division 4 poll improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference.



2.Mitchell Whalen, RB/DB (Darlington, sr.) – ran eight times for 164 yards and two TDs (67, 60), caught one pass for 64 yards and another TD, completed a two-point conversion pass, made an interception in the end zone to halt a drive, had four tackles (and two crushing hits) and had a 70-yard punt return TD called back by a penalty. All in all a good night in a pivotal rivalry game against Mineral Point.

3.Connor Kuhl, RB (Southwestern, sr.) – accounted for 192 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 22 carries. His first score came from one yard out in the first quarter, and he also reeled off a 40-yard TD run in the fourth. Kuhl also kicked three extra points, caught a two-point conversion pass from Aaron Kaiser, and scored a defensive touchdown in the game when he returned an interception 96 yards for the team’s final score.

4.John Alanis, RB/DB (Seneca, sr.) – is an almost weekly feature in our Friday Night Heroes, but that doesn't change the fact that Alanis ran for a noteworthy 239 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the Indians in a 44-0 trouncing of North Crawford. That's an average of nearly 12 yards per carry. He scored on runs of 3, 21, 4, 2, 5 yards. The kid is playing like a beast.

5.Brandon Slaats, RB (Cuba City, jr.) – ran 21 times for 145 yards and three TDs in a huge 38-6 SWAL victory over Iowa-Grant that kept the Cubans unbeaten on the season. Cuba City improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the SWAL with a battle-for-first-place showdown with Darlington looming Friday night.



Everett Schwer, RB (Fennimore, sr.) – returned from an injury to lead Fennimore to its first win of season, a 33-12 victory over Boscobel. Schwer ran 19 times for 104 yards and four TDs..

Jase Udelhofen, RB/DB (Potosi, jr.) – the diminutive Udelhofen (5-8, 145 pounds in pads) runs with the power and determination of a back twice his size. In a 42-7 victory over Shullsburg, Udelhofen gained 84 yards on six rushing attempts and hauled in two receptions for 53 yards and two TDs. On the night he accounted for 137 yards and two scores, while only touching the ball eight times. That's an average of just over 17 yards per play.

Tim Fritz, QB/DB/K (Potosi, jr.) – completed 11-for-17 for 164 yards with four TDs and one interception in Potosi’s 42-7 victory over Shullsburg. He also kicked four extra points.