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September 18, 2013Dexter Smith was one of the most prolific pass receivers in the Badger State in 2012, finishing with the third-most receptions (68) and yards (1,113) and tying for the fourth-highest touchdown total (14).
This fall, the Two Rivers (Wis.) High School standout knows what it's like from the other end of the passing equation as the Purple Raiders' starting quarterback, replacing Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Stater Brett Kasper.
Smith has shown off his many talents this fall. He leads the team in rushing through four games and has completed 68 percent of his pass attempts for 1,082 yards, which places him in the top five in the state. He has thrown 10 touchdown passes.
And his efforts last weekend have earned him the honor of WisconsinHigh.com's Player of the Week as he finished 35 of 47 for 409 yards and three scores as Two Rivers knocked off previously unbeaten Campbellsport, 28-8, on the road.
Smith connected with Ethan Willman on three first-half TD plays and ran for the final touchdown as the Raiders finished with nearly 600 yards in total offense.
Five other signal callers surpassed the 300-yard plateau: Jacob Schmidt of Sheboygan North, Jacob O'Kane of Fox Valley Lutheran, Alex Slowey of Westfield, Tristan Brewer of Grantsburg and Denzel Barnes of Beloit Memorial.
Brewer was the lone passer to throw four touchdowns, while eight others joined Smith and Slowey with three TD tosses.
Schmidt's favorite target was Noah Stengel, who hauled in 11 catches for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Stengel tops the state with 620 yards in four outings.
Evansville/Albany's Isaiah Shell grabbed four TD receptions, while North Fond du Lac's Parker Parrish and Plymouth's Zac Cain finished with three scoring catches.
And don't forget about the running game.
Only two players, Elijah Fort of Waukesha West and Cam Werner of Living Word Lutheran, reached the 300-yard mark with 311 and 300, respectively.
They each scored four touchdowns, as did Demaris Purifoy of Wauwatosa West, Branden Baumeister of North Crawford and Corey Herbert of Oconto. However, Glenwood City star Isaac Tuttle did them one better with five.
Baumeister (930) and Fort (848) are the top ground gainers in the state so far.
Cedarburg's Hudson Walton rushed for 285 yards and three scores as the Bulldogs knocked Germantown from the unbeaten ranks in a big North Shore Conference contest.