TR cruises past West Bend West

TR cruises past West Bend West

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TR cruises past West Bend West

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A big day from quarterback Dexter Smith lifted Two Rivers over West Bend West by a count of 43-26 in a non-conference contest in Two Rivers on Friday night.

The Raiders went right to work in the first quarter and never looked back.

Smith hooked up with Tyler Kust on a pass that went for 74 yards and a touchdown to quickly make it 7-0 in favor of TR.

The defense stepped up to help the Raiders extend their advantage when Kory Schrimpf intercepted a pass and returned it 19-yards for a score.

Later, Smith found an open Brett Slaby who scampered in for a score. The point after was blocked, but Two Rivers held a 20-0 lead at the end of the opening 12 minutes.

The start of the second quarter was delayed when one of the light standards went out. The issue was eventually resolved and the Raiders picked up right where they left off.

Scott Skornicka made it 27-0 TR when he found the endzone from 22-yards out.

The Spartans eventually broke through in the second, but Smith connected with Bobby Geiger for a 61-yard touchdown strike.

Two Rivers held a 35-14 edge at the half.

Though his team was able to maintain its lead heading into the break, Two Rivers head coach Kevin Shillcox believes that things simply weren’t the same after the delay.

“It was a bizarre game,” Shillcox said. “We played well early, but lost a little bit of momentum after the lights went out.”

West punched it in coming out of the break to pull within two possessions, but Smith’s fifth touchdown pass of the night quickly put an end to the would-be rally. The junior signal caller found Skornicka on a 19-yard pass.

In total, Smith finished the night 15-for-25 passing for 315, five touchdowns and an interception.

Skornicka rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts and also had a receiving touchdown.

Shillcox and company carry a 2-0 record into the Eastern Wisconsin Conference opener with perennial contender, Plymouth.

The Panthers were the only conference team to defeat the Raiders a season ago.

“I’m happy with where we’re at,” Shillcox said. “We have Plymouth coming up next week and we’ll have to strap it up and be ready to play.”

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