Fortener running towards goals

Danny Fortener (Dayton Daily News)

Dayton area athlete is striving for a conference championship and a Wisconsin scholarship offer

Wisconsin continues to keep an eye on Danny Fortener but he is still waiting for his desired scholarship offer.

"I've been just getting some letters telling me how they've been doing," Fortener said. "They invited me to the Minnesota game next weekend."

That invitation is for an unofficial visit, which would be Fortener's second to Madison. He also attended the UNLV game Sept. 11.

Fortener, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver prospect from Kettering, Ohio, said a number of MAC schools have been recruiting him feverishly but that he remains focused on Wisconsin.

"Definitely. Wisconsin is still my favorite. I cheer for them every weekend, even when they played Ohio State," he said.

Fortener and his Archbishop Alter teammates have enjoyed a successful 2004 campaign thus far. After opening the season 2-2, they have won five consecutive games, including all four of their conference contests this season.

Fortener primarily plays quarterback in Alter's wishbone-formation, run-heavy system. Two weeks ago he ran nine times for 116 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 non-conference win over Columbus St. Charles. Last week Fortener had 91 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts, as Alter prevailed in overtime, 34-28, against Roger Bacon.

"We just won a big game in overtime Friday night for our 16th straight league game in a row that we've won over the past three years," Fortener said. "We're going for the championship this Friday."

Alter faces Chaminade-Julienne Friday, in a matchup of teams with identical 4-0 league records and 7-2 overall marks.

Fortener, Alter's leading rusher and scorer, does not play quarterback to show off his passing skills. In nine games he has thrown just 17 passes, completing five for 77 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

He plays quarterback to utilize his elite speed. Fortener has 632 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on just 102 attempts. He has caught seven passes for 74 yards and another touchdown and has 66 total points this season.

"When we get in third-and-long situations we'll put spread in and I'll go to receiver," he said.

Fortener is also averaging 38.6 yards per punt and has 121 kick return yards on eight attempts.

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