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Levelland QB Nick Gerber rewriting Texas high school football record books

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No one in the state has done it better than Levelland (Texas) Lobo quarterback Nick Gerber, who now has 73 touchdown passes this season — a single-season state record. And he’s creeping up on more state marks. His stat line is staggering, but not unprecedented.

The Levelland senior threw six touchdowns in an 83-72 win over Decatur in the Class 4A Area Round last week. Levelland (9-3) this week will face Andrews, a team that beat the Lobos 77-76 in Week 3.

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Gerber, who has played hurt and skipped football camps in the summer to heal a stress fracture, gets high praise from his coach.

“I wish I had 100 of him,” Levelland coach Jared Sanderson said. “He’s an amazing kid. You know, lots of kids have lots of different talents, but Nick’s the total package. He’s highly-respected in the community, he’s driven and he works to get better every day.”

Gerber is ranked No. 12 in his senior class with a 3.9 grade-point average. He’s the point guard on the basketball team and plays baseball for the Lobos.

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Gerber broke the state single-season record that was set in 2014 by Navasota’s Shelton Eppler, who needed 16 games to throw 71 touchdowns — more than half of them to Tren’Davian Dickson, who holds the single-season state record with 39 touchdown catches. Gerber broke the record in 12 games.

“There was a little talk about breaking the record, but in the end everyone just wanted to win,” Sanderson said. “And the more we keep playing, the better chance he has to break more records. It couldn’t happen to a better kid.”

Gerber is third on the state list of single-season passing yards with 5,036, which is behind Eppler’s 5,444 and Refugio’s Travis Quintanilla (5,557 in 2013). Gerber’s 153 career touchdown passes are fifth all-time. He needs six touchdown passes to pass Eppler and 31 more to catch Quintanilla’s 184.

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