The Yankton High School athletic record books are filled with football accomplishments that may remain secure for a while.
And then there are some that are taking a beating this fall.
Specifically, the passing records.
Ethan Wishon, Yankton’s senior quarterback who is playing his first season of varsity football after a year off, has thrown for 1,340 yards and 14 touchdowns.
In only four games, too.
He has already broken the school record for passing yards (469) and passing touchdowns (6) in a single game, has tied the single-season touchdown record (14) and is nearing the single-season yardage record (1,760).
Ask Wishon, though, and he’ll credit the production of those around him — from the protection of the offensive line, to the running backs and wide receivers who all catch passes.
“It’s nice to know I can throw it in their direction and know they’re going to come down with it,” Wishon said, with a smile, before Monday’s practice at Williams Field.
A hard-throwing, steady shortstop in Yankton’s baseball scene, Wishon stepped away from football last season but has said he missed the game so much that he returned for his senior season.
And now that he’s at the helm of the Bucks’ offense, he’s shattering records.
• He passed for 378 yards and a school-record six touchdowns in a road win at Mitchell two weeks ago.
• He passed for a school-record 469 yards and three touchdowns in last Friday night’s loss to Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
All told, Wishon’s total of 1,322 yards not even halfway through the season (with playoffs) already ranks him 10th on Yankton’s all-time career passing yardage list — the record is 3,472.
Head coach Brady Muth joked Monday that he wouldn’t mind if teams allowed the Bucks more opportunities to run the ball.
“I’d like to start breaking some rushing records, too,” he said, with a smile.
Instead, it’s been through the air where the Bucks (1-3) have sliced through opposing defenses.
“He’s (Wishon) talented enough where if teams give him opportunities, he’s going to make the most of them,” Muth said.
And that’s the basis of how the Bucks’ offense has racked up the passing yardage through four games. It’s all about what the opposing defense shows, according to Muth.
“What you’re seeing is how the offense is supposed to work,” he said. “We’re going to take what teams give us.”
Many of the decisions made by the offense happen before the snap, Muth added, but there are some instances where Wishon will adapt after the snap — all depending on what he sees.
“He’s (Wishon) been really good at making sure we’re in the right play, and so is coach (Robb) McClemans upstairs in the booth,” Muth said. “We’re seeing what the defense is presenting us.”
It’s also helped that Wishon has a number of weapons to get the ball out to, either on short passes that turn into long gains or deep passes.
Senior Michael Drotzmann had four touchdown catches, while seniors Rex Ryken and Caid Koletzky each have three. Senior Miles Carda has two, and sophomore Corbin Sohler and senior Collin Zahrbock both have one.
“They just seem to come down with it more times than not,” Wishon said. “When that happens, it makes the game go a little bit easier, I guess.”
Wishon and the Bucks visit Huron (3-1) on Friday night.
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