Join the fun: Fowlkes, Rupnow add to South talent

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Gazette staff
Friday, July 15, 2011
— There’s already more than enough talent sprinkled on the roster of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Division 1-3 South all-star team.

Five of the 45 players on the original roster are 2011 University of Wisconsin recruits. The South plays the North at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Titan Stadium at UW-Oshkosh.

The late addition of Delavan-Darien’s Justin Fowlkes and Milton’s Colton Rupnow to the team adds to the wide-range of weapons South coach Dave Rusch of Waukesha South has at his disposal.

Fowlkes, a 5-7, 160-pound speedster, terrorized the Southern Lakes Conference in 2010 in earning Offensive Player of the Year honors. The Minnesota-Duluth recruit and Associated Press second-team all-state selection averaged more than eight yards a carry in rushing for 1,892 yards and 26 touchdowns. In taking over at midseason for injured Austin Fritzinger at quarterback, Fowlkes also passed for 931 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Teams kicked away from Fowlkes on punts and kickoffs, but he hopes to get the chance to return against the North on Saturday.

“They’ve got me at a slotback right now, but I’ll be happy to get the ball in my hands anyway I can Saturday,” Fowlkes said of the possibility of returning kicks.

“This week has been everything I thought it would be. To be in the locker room with these guys, and to be surrounded by all this talent, it’s pretty incredible.”

Fowlkes hopes to play immediately at Minnesota-Duluth, the defending Division II national champion.

“That’s what I’m hoping for,” Fowlkes said. “I know I’m going to have to work hard and earn my playing time, but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

Rupnow also will play for a defending national champion. The 6-1, 260-pound All-Badger South defensive lineman will make the quick drive to Whitewater to play for the two-time defending NCAA Division III champion Whitewater Warhawks.

Although Rupnow will gray-shirt his freshman year to concentrate on his studies, he’s taking this week to concentrate on his final high school football game.

Rupnow is playing defensive tackle for a South team that also features defensive tackle Derek Watt of Pewaukee, the Associated Press’ state Player of the Year.

“They’ve got me playing on the strong side, and it has been a lot of fun,” Rupnow said.

“I still can’t believe how big some of these guys are,” he said. “Coming from a school where we were in Division 2, just seeing some of the Division 1 guys and how big and fast they are is pretty impressive.”

Just as impressive as Justin Fowlkes and Colton Rupnow being added to the star-studded lineup.

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