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September 10, 2013Scoreboards continued to work overtime and team statisticians earned their pay, so to speak, across Wisconsin this past weekend.
Skill position performers kept producing eye-popping numbers, so picking the WisconsinHigh.com Player of the Week proved rather taxing.
However, the honor has gone to Hortonville senior Alex Lasinski, who ripped a previously unbeaten Seymour squad that had shut out its first two opponents.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Lasinski rambled for 268 yards on 28 carries, with his three scoring jaunts accounting for the lionís share of that total. He opened the scoring with an 80-yard burst on the first play from scrimmage, helped make it 14-0 in the third with a 45-yard scamper and put the game out of reach with a 54-yarder to cap a 28-2 road triumph.
Lasinski increased his season totals to 488 yards (10.6 average) and eight touchdowns. He also has taken his only pass reception 60 yards for a score as the Polar Bears have gotten off to a 3-0 start, which puts Hortonville at the top of the Bay Conference standings.
However, there were a host of other topnotch rushing efforts in week three, including a state-high 342 yards from Edgerton's Ricky Williams, who also torched Brodhead-Juda with three TDs.
Four backs accumulated five touchdowns: Noah Diaz of Sun Prairie, Raekwon Tillman of La Crosse Logan, Dillon Kempen of Suring and Travis Hofslien of Westby.
Kempen finished with 331 yards, while Brown Deer's Zach Baun and Neenah's Nathan VanderMause also shattered the 300-yard plateau with 322 and 306, respectively.
Janesville Craig quarterback Tom Gabower was one of several who tallied four TD runs, finishing with 287 yards on 18 carries (15.9) before injuring an ankle in a wild 69-49 loss to Verona.
Other QBs continued to fling the pigskin around stadiums, with Waupun's Arik Tavs topping the list in yardage with 424. He finished with three TD aerials, but the Warriors still lost, as did two of the other teams whose signal callers surpassed 300 yards - Belleville's Ryan Hayes (316) and Oshkosh West's Sam Olejnik (311).
Xavier's Matt Ferris continued to pile up huge numbers, throwing for four more TDs and 342 yards as the Hawks remained unbeaten.
Ethan Young of Black River Falls, Jacob Wolff of Ozaukee, Cale Handel of Wisconsin Heights and Connor Handrick of Edgar also connected for four scoring passes.
But Lake Mills' Colin Moen outdid them all with five touchdown tosses while completing 12 of 17 attempts for 230 yards.
On the receiving front, Tavs' teammate Ryan Schmitt led all targets with 184 yards and nine receptions, giving him two 100-plus yard contests despite the team's 0-3 start.
Belleville's Garrison Woods was only one yard behind Schmitt on six catches and two TDs.
Collin Stageman of Ozaukee and Monona Grove's Trey Powers led the way with three scoring receptions apiece.