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October 9, 2013Ashwaubenon (Wis.) won its huge showdown against Bay Port last Friday to take control of the Fox River Classic Conference race.
Two of the stars for coach Mark Jonas were junior quarterback James Morgan and senior wide receiver Jake Imig.
That passing combination proved lethal to the Pirates, who fell from the ranks of the unbeaten as Morgan topped the state's signal callers with 424 yards, completing 22 of 44 attempts, including eight hook-ups with Imig for 220 yards and an 80-yard scoring play.
Their performances have earned them WisconsinHigh.com's honor as co-Players of the Week.
Morgan's career-high yardage output gives him nearly 1,700 yards passing this season compared to 1,543 a year ago. He already has doubled his touchdown pass total to 20 and has thrown only five interceptions after tossing nine last year. He also has improved his accuracy so far to almost 59 percent, up nearly 8 percent from last fall.
As for Imig, his six TD catches are two more than he had last season, while the 220 yards are only his second 100-plus yard contest - he had 138 yards against Manitowoc Lincoln in 2012.
Ashwaubenon can clinch at least a share of the league crown with a win this week and two victories will land them the outright title.
Other top quarterback performances included four TD passes apiece from the likes of Marquette University's Charlie Greif, Black River Falls' Ethan Young and Spencer Francis of Brookfield Academy.
Greif nearly hit the 400-yard plateau with 396, while Francis (302), Xavier's Matt Ferris (340) and Superior’s Nick Mehlum (347) surpassed the 300-yard mark.
Not to be outdone, Plymouth's Kollin Neils tossed five TD passes.
Ferris’ favorite target, Levi O'Brien, took two of his six catches to the end zone while gaining 208 yards receiving.
Dylan Roberts of Gillett and Austin Welch of St. Mary Central hauled in three scoring passes, while Mike Thompson of Marquette, Addison Schwarz of Superior, Noah Stengel of Sheboygan North and Jordan Jewell of Hartford finished with 10 receptions each.
Meanwhile, Edgerton's Ricky Williams continued his impressive season, gaining 306 yards to take over the state lead with 1,650 yards. Williams has surpassed the 100-yard standard in all seven outings, including three of more than 300.
More than 20 players shattered the 200-yard plateau last weekend, including Fort Atkinson's Tyler Zaspel (240) and Cambridge's Josh Owens (210), both of whom registered five touchdowns.
Adam Smith of Mayville, Dylan Szews of Menasha, Christian Almonte of Menomonee Falls, Charlie Kutschenreuter of East Troy, Hudson Walton of Cedarburg, Tyler Glass of Lancaster and Joe Rademacher of St. Croix Falls recorded four rushing scores.