Yes, I know there is only a week left in the fall 2020 season and a recap may be premature but I have to write about several player’s performances.
Robby Michael and Colin Girdaukas of Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian have already been profiled in a previous blog. They continue to perform well and I hope they get to play one final game this week. This week. Yes, normally the final one of the season as the top 14 teams play for state titles in Madison. Well, as you know, that isn’t going to happen. Some seasonal and career records will be added and maybe a career record will be approached. Those stats will probably be in the receiving and kicking lists.
Wide receiver Jake Martens of Cumberland is emerging as one of the all-time greats. After this past weekend’s game he has hauled in 80 passes for 1,033 yards and 13 touchdowns. Pretty good numbers you say. But here is the greater bit of information. He now, with one game to go slated for this Thursday night against Stanley-Boyd Martens, has caught 244 career passes. That places him in second place on the career receiving reception list behind the 283 catches made by Micha Fulton of Wonewoc-Center made in 2005-07. Martens has 3,202 career yards for third place on the career receiving yardage list. He also has 36 career touchdown receptions which is tied for fifth place.
I should note that Cumberland quarterback Maddox Allen has 4,044 career passing yards so far as he is about to complete his junior season. With next season he could move up the career charts with ease. I say, with ease because he has a great career passing percentage of 73.6 on 287 completions in only 390 attempts. Look at what he has done so far in 2020: in eight games he has 139 completions in 171 attempts for what would be a state record 81.3%, 1,765 yards and 23 scores. Not bad you say. I don’t mean to jinx him but he also hasn’t thrown an interception this season!!!
On Friday night senior receiver Drayton Lehman of Mosinee moved to the top of this season’s receiving leader list with 95 catches. How did he do it, moving past several players for the season’s lead? Well, he caught 20 (Yes, 20) passes for 188 yards and four touchdowns against Cadott. That places him in a tie with Cadott’s Brett McChesney on the state single game reception list who caught 20 balls in 2014. Lehman has 170 career catches for the 14th spot on the all-time list.
I mentioned Colin Girdaukus of KLC earlier. At this writing they do not have a game scheduled yet for this week. They lost this past Friday to Appleton Xavier but could still play one more final game. Colin could set three season records even without playing another game. His season stands with only six games played right now with 58 catches for a state leading 1,495 yards and 18 touchdowns. That means he could set the state record for the highest per catch average on a season for 50+ receptions with his current 25.8 yard average. He could also set the state season record for yards per game with a 186.0 average. Since he and quarterback Robby Michael are both juniors they could give opponents fits in 2021. Michael leads the state this season in passing with 2,309 yards and 31 touchdowns and has 4,549 career passing yards and 55 career scores so far.
This Thursday night Lake Mills will face cross-town rival Lakeside Lutheran in a rematch of an earlier game, won by Lutheran 24-21. Lake Mills quarterback Jake Moen has 7,555 career passing yards, fifth all-time and has 81 career touchdown passes, good for a tie for eighth place. Moen also has 2,006 career rushing yards giving him 9,561 career total offensive yards, good so far for fifth all-time. Jake set the single season record last season with 4,477 passing and rushing total yards.
I mentioned earlier that there were some kickers moving up the career charts. Jared VanWatermuelen of Grantsburg will close out his career this Thursday by possibly moving into the top 10 list for career kicking points as he currently has 195. 14 career field goals and 153 extra points. He needs four more points to tie for that 10th spot.
A.J. Arndt of Hartford has moved up the career lists steadily this season as the senior has kicked 24 career field goals along with 120 extra points to move into the 12th spot in career kick scoring. His 24 field goals places him in seventh place on the career list for that category.
There will be more to add to the lists as I begin to check over team and player stats once the fall season is complete. Look for an updated records file on the WFCA website in late December or early January. If you have any additions, please send me the info to firstname.lastname@example.org .