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September 4, 2013Austin Larson threw touchdown passes of 76, 72, 42 and 82 yards and scored on a 16-yard run with less than 21/2 minutes remaining, his second TD run of the game, to lead Dodgeville's rousing comeback win at Platteville.
The Dodgers trailed 38-20 late in the third quarter but scored 28 of the contest's final 35 points to win 48-45 and improve to 2-0.
Larson, despite completing only 13 of 28 pass attempts, connected when he needed to in finishing with 420 yards through the air. That performance has earned him WisconsinHigh.com's Player of the Week honors for Week Two.
The senior has completed 27 of 50 tosses for 643 yards and six scores to help his team climb into the No. 10 spot in this week's Division 4 team rankings.
Two of his TD aerials went to Chris Francia, while Jason Gullickson led the attack with 172 yards receiving.
Larson was the only 400-yard plus passer, but numerous other signal callers turned in outstanding performances this past weekend.
That list features Matt Ferris of Xavier, who joined Fox Valley Lutheran's Jacob O'Kane with six touchdown passes.
Ferris hit 22 of 30 attempts for almost 380 yards as the Hawks routed Little Chute as they inched closer to the top 10 in D-3. The 6-foot-5 senior hooked up with junior Levi O'Brien seven times for 202 yards and four TDs.
East Troy's Brandon Matz threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns, while last week's top player, Josh Ringelberg of Greendale, Dexter Smith of Two Rivers, Caleb Johnson of Kewaunee, Andrew Thompson of Hortonville, Jack Krueger of Oregon and Canton Larson of Oconomowoc each threw for four scores.
Other top receiving efforts included Greendale's Mitchell Brees, who has compiled 14 catches for 268 yards and four scores after snaring 13 balls for 208 yards, three of them for TDs.
Luther's Collin Kennedy leads the state in receiving yards with 437 after his six receptions and three touchdowns netted him 196 yards.
Oregon's Josh Stromovsky equaled O'Brien's haul of four TD catches, bringing in eight passes for 188 yards, while Cody Studt of East Troy, C.J. Van Dyke of Neenah and Watertown's Aaron Kumbier registered three scoring receptions.
As for the state's top rushing performances, Algoma's Sam Koss moved into second place with 495 yards after gaining a school record 388 yards in a win against Southern Door, adding four touchdowns. Koss shattered Todd Kirchman's single-game mark of 306 yards from 1978, ripping off TD jaunts of 70 and 78 yards.
Justin Miller of Tigerton/Marion was the only other runner to surpass 300 yards, accumulating 346 on 22 carries, four of them for TDs.
Pardeeville's Kyle Becker, Crivitz's Ben Fischer, Muskego's Peter Roy and Shiocton's Jacob Van Asten also scored four times.
Robert Wettstein remained the state's top ground gainer with 570 yards after running for 184 this week.