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Rock Falls QB nearing milestone

Gunning for five grand

Jacob Mammosser already owns virtually all of Rock Falls High School's passing records. By the time the junior is done, he'll likely be among the state's all-time leaders.

If Mammosser throws for more than 202 yards tonight, he'll eclipse 5,000 yards for his career.

The 6-foot, 190-pounder has come a long way since being named the starter 2 years ago as a freshman.

"I was really scared jumping from that slow of a game to a lot faster pace," Mammosser recalled. "The first couple games, I couldn't keep up. Then, I adapted. The game has slowed down for me. I see a lot more."

Mammosser doesn't feel like a wily, old veteran.

"I still remember games from freshman year," he said. "It doesn't seem like I'm a junior. Everything's flown by."

First-year Rock Falls head coach Scott Berge feels fortunate to have Mammosser running his fast-break, pass-heavy offense.

"He's seen a lot of different things thrown at him," Berge said. "This is his second year in the same offense, with me calling it. He's a little more comfortable."

Most quarterbacks would love to be able to throw the ball as much as Mammosser, who admitted he'd have a hard time playing a standard offense.

"I could never go under center and just hand it off," he said. "I'd have to become a running back or something."

With all of his experience, Mammosser is given some freedom within the offense. He's allowed to audible whenever he feels the need.

"But, if they don't work, I get a little chirp in my ear," he laughed.

For the first time in his varsity career, Mammosser will start tonight on the defensive side of the ball as well as quarterback. He'll be at outside linebacker.

"He can be a valuable asset on the defensive side for us," Berge said. "He played a couple series last week. He's a physical kid."

Mammosser's father, Jay, was Jacob's head coach his first two seasons, but is now an assistant.

"He's still my coach, and always will be," Jacob said. "I talk to him during the game, but now he's up in the booth."

Jacob's twin brother Matt was an offensive lineman/linebacker for the Rockets, but has been out since Week 1 after tearing an ACL and meniscus.

"I'd still love to have him playing," Jacob said. "It's fun to play with your brother. It's kind of weird not having him on the field with me."

When: 7:15 p.m. tonight

Where: Hinders Field, Rock Falls

Twitter: Follow Larry Brennan (@LarryBrennan)

Radio: 1240 AM

By the numbers

(Mammosser's yearly passing stats)

Freshman: 839 yards, 3 TDs, 16 INTs

Sophomore: 2,485 yards, 23 TDs, 8 INTs

Junior: 1,474 yards, 15 TDs, 11 INTs

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