During the summer, Silver Creek quarterback Austin Apodaca made a big decision when he gave a verbal commitment to play at Washington State.

So far, the Raptors’ senior is proving to be more than worthy of any hype that comes with being a Division I college quarterback.

Apodaca is having a tremendous season and will lead the Raptors (2-1), ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, against Sterling (0-3) on Friday night at Everly-Montgomery Field in the Game of the Week.

Readers of have a chance every week to vote on the Game of the Week. The Sterling-Silver Creek matchup received 38 percent of the vote, outlasting Erie at Frederick, which was the second choice at 20.9 percent.

Apodaca has completed 70 percent of his passes (58-of-83) for 827 yards and 10 touchdowns already. Greg Reynolds (16 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns) and Ryan Rankin (13 for 195 and four touchdowns) have been his top targets.

After a one-point overtime loss to Class 2A No. 4 Kent Denver in the opener, Silver Creek has pounded Frederick and Northridge by a combined 87-12. Sterling, which had a winning record in 2010, has been shut out twice already this season.

Read the Times-Call and for full coverage of the Sterling at Silver Creek game, as well as other events around the area.

In other area football games this week …

Greeley Central (1-3, 1-0 in 4A Northern) at Longmont (4-0, 0-0 4A Northern), 7 p.m. today at Everly-Montgomery Field: Longmont has been dominant, while averaging 39.5 points per game. Greeley Central is allowing 30.5 points per game.

Mead (0-3, 0-0 2A Flatirons) at Denver West (0-3, 2A Independent), 7 p.m. today: Something has to give here. The two teams have combined to score 14 points this season.

Erie (1-2, 0-0 3A Northern) at Frederick (2-1, 0-0 3A Tri-Valley), 7 p.m. Friday: A good rivalry game on tap, as Erie hopes to rebound from two straight losses. It won’t be easy for the Tigers, who have scored a total of 13 points the last two weeks. Frederick’s defense has shut out two opponents already.

Haxtun (3-0, 0-0 A-8 Man Plains Division) at Longmont Christian (1-1, 0-0, A-8 Plains), 7 p.m. Friday at Sandstone Ranch Park: Following a tough loss to Vail Christian last week, the Warriors draw a tough assignment with Haxtun, which has outscored opponents 121-20.

Lyons (2-1, 0-0 1A Metro North) at Highland (0-3, 0-0 1A North Central), 7 p.m. Friday: After two straight wins, the Lions go on the road to visit a struggling Huskies team. Eaton shut out Highland last week. Lyons knocked off Yuma in overtime.

Northridge (0-3, 0-0 3A Tri-Valley) at Skyline (0-3, 0-0 3A Northern), 7 p.m. Friday at Erie High School: Still looking for their first win, the Falcons hope to stop the bleeding on defense. They have allowed 43.3 points per game. Northridge has scored just 19 points all season.

Greeley West (2-1, 0-0 4A Northern) at Niwot (1-2, 0-1 4A Northern), 7 p.m. Saturday at Everly-Montgomery Field: Niwot is looking to rebound from a tough loss to Greeley Central last week, while Greeley West pounded Pueblo West 40-7 last week.