Ben Sjobakken
Greg Lindstrom
Silver Creek quarterback Ben Sjobakken has led the Raptors to a 2-0 record since replacing departed Austin Apodaca. Silver Creek climbed to No. 3 in 3A poll this week.

Ben Sjobakken knew he had big shoes to fill. He didn’t want to think of it in those terms. Rather than Austin Apodaca’s successor, he thought of himself simply as Silver Creek’s quarterback for 2012.

Well, Raptors fans won’t have to worry about an overhaul to a run-based offense. Sjobakken looked magnificent Friday in a 46-12 win against Centaurus, deftly operating the spread with precise roll outs, accurate passes and the poise of a veteran. He completed 20-of-24 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns and didn’t misfire on any of his nine attempts in the second half.

“It feels great,” Sjobakken said. “But I’m just trying to do what I can, come in and get wins for the team.”

The 6-foot-1 junior played well, albeit more conservatively in an opening 19-13 overtime win against Fernley, Nev. in Zero Week. But if the first in-state performance was any indication, get ready for some big numbers through the air. Maybe not numbers like Apodaca, now at Washinton State, but something within the realm.

“I feel like he’s nice and relaxed back there,” said Raptors receiver Trey Fleming, who already has caught 13 passes for 230 yards this season. “He’s got good timing on backside routes and he can scramble.”

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