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Athlete of the week: DeMers 'solid' behind center for No. 1 Winner

WINNER--Look at a box score from a Winner Warriors football game this season and you'll see standout rushing performances and a stout defense. But for the No. 1 team in Class 11B, junior quarterback Drew DeMers has been making all of the right de...

WINNER-Look at a box score from a Winner Warriors football game this season and you'll see standout rushing performances and a stout defense.

But for the No. 1 team in Class 11B, junior quarterback Drew DeMers has been making all of the right decisions for the undefeated squad.

"Drew is just a great leader because he's so heady," Winner head coach Dan Aaker said. "He doesn't get rattled and he doesn't try to make plays that he can't. That's one of the biggest things he does."

In 10 games under center for Winner, DeMers has orchestrated an offense that is averaging around 50 points per game. While DeMers quietly averages around 100 passing yards and one touchdown a game, the junior quarterback quickly credited his blockers.

"It's all our line, I'm pretty sure anyone could get yards behind our line," DeMers said. "I give all the credit to those guys."

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In Winner's 46-0 first-round playoff win over the Class 11B defending state champion Parkston Trojans, DeMers was 5-of-7 for 103 yards and two touchdowns before taking a seat during the fourth quarter. On Monday, against Bennett County, DeMers was 2-for-6 passing with 37 yards passing and a passing touchdown.

For his efforts, DeMers has been named The Daily Republic's athlete of the week, an award voted on by the newspaper's sports staff.

DeMers has been so efficient in leading the Winner offense this season that his time on the field has been cut short. The Warriors have won eight games by mercy rule.

Aaker said DeMers smart decision-making has put Winner in favorable positions all season.

"He has a knack for seeing things, but he doesn't force things," Aaker said. "He's smart enough to take a one yard sack or one yard gain rather than throw an interception."

DeMers has only 567 passing yards this season, but has an outstanding 11-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

"He sees the field very well," Aaker said. "He has a nice arm and he can throw a nice ball very accurately. He's solid."

DeMers favorite target this year has been junior Isaac Naasz. The two hooked up for two touchdowns last week against Parkston.

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"He's always in the right spot," DeMers said. "He knows how to get open."

As Winner continues towards a Class 11B state championship, DeMers said the Warriors simply have to keep performing like they've been all season.

"We need to execute and play like we should play," DeMers said. "That's all we have to do."

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