WAUNAKEE, Wis. (BVM) — Week 6 of the WIAA season was full of exciting and important games. Last Friday night saw undefeated and top-ranked teams battle each other as the playoffs got ever closer. On all sides of the ball there were great performances and here are five of the best in no specific order.
1. Aidan Driscol, senior kicker, Waunakee High School
In a thrilling Badger Large Conference match between Division 2 top-ranked Waunakee and third-ranked DeForest in DeForest, Waunakee was able to stay undefeated with the help of senior Aidan Driscol’s leg. Driscol hit three field goals as well as two extra point attempts including the go-ahead 30-yard field goal with 2:37 minutes left in the game. The final field goal to put the Warriors up 23-20 capped off a run of 10 unanswered points by Waunakee.
2. Correy Smith, sophomore running back, Catholic Memorial High School
Wauwatosa West and Catholic Memorial High School both entered their Friday night match undefeated with a chance to take sole possession of first place in the Parkland Conference. The Trojans entered the game boasting a run game that had already racked up over 2,000 yards on the ground, but Memorial’s Correy Smith stole the show. The sophomore Crusader rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns on just 15 rushing attempts to help CMH beat Tosa West 35-8.
3. Casey Verhagen, senior wide receiver, Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian
Verhagen entered last Friday’s game against Kiel coming off a eight-reception 150-yard and two-touchdown showing against Two Rivers. The KLC receiver outdid himself last week going for 204 yards and three touchdowns on six receptions to help Kohler/Sheb. Luth./Christian beat Kiel 42-28. Verhagen and KLC stayed undefeated and are currently ranked fifth in the state at the Division 4 level.
4. Alex Belongia, senior defensive back, Rice Lake
In a low-scoring, defensive battle between Rice Lake and Chippewa Falls, Alex Belongia came up big for the Warriors. The senior defensive back had two interceptions in the fourth quarter and helped break up a last minute hail mary attempt by Chippewa Falls with teammate Max Nelson. His contributions helped Rice Lake hold onto its 8-7 lead and move to a 5-1 record. Belongia also had five solo tackles and nine total tackles.
5. Simon Bauer, senior running back, Durand High School
The homecoming king Simon Bauer had himself a game against Elk Mound last Friday night. Bauer rushed for 333 yards, four touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions on just 23 attempts. Bauer’s efforts helped Durand beat Elk Mound by 36-14 as Bauer rushed for over 300 yards for the second time this season.