AUSTIN EDITION - BOX Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Spring Valley
Records: The Southland Rebels are 4-3 overall, 2-2 in the Three Rivers Conference South Division; Kingsland is 3-4 overall, 2-2 in divisional play.
Last week: Southland recorded its fourth shutout of the season in a 28-0 win over Chatfield in Adams. The Rebels found their rushing offense with 200 yards on the ground, while quarterback Adam Nagele ran and threw for a touchdown. Kingsland shutout Fillmore Central 29-0 on Friday night.
Last meeting: The Kingsland Knights won an emotional 8-7 game in Adams just days after captain Dustin Atwood died in a car accident. A holding penalty on the Rebels in their own end zone resulted in a safety early in the second quarter and that was the difference.
Southland notes: The Rebels defense has been the story in the four shutout wins on the season. Last week, the Rebels limited the Chatfield Gophers to only four yards rushing in the first half. The ground game has succeeded with a variety of running backs. Two weeks ago, Tim Neuvirth ran for over 100 yards and then last week it was Steve Snyder with 87 yards to lead the way. Snyder was close to 200 total yards with his three catches and four kick returns.
Kingsland notes: Dustin Kimball and Chad Strike are the big-play guys for the Knights. Kimball ran for a pair of touchdowns in last week's rout of Fillmore Central, threw a touchdown pass, and also threw for a pair of two-point conversions. Strike caught a touchdown pass from Kimball and also had an 81-yard touchdown run in the shutout win.
Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Grand Meadow
Records: Grand Meadow is 5-2 overall, 4-2 in the Southern Confederacy; Cleveland is 1-6 overall, 1-5 in the conference.
Last week: Grand Meadow scored on its first possession and nearly every one after that in the first half of a 58-0 rout at Alden-Conger; Cleveland was beaten 33-14 by Lyle/Austin Pacelli at home.
Last meeting: The two teams didn't meet last season and haven't played for a few years. A historic note: Cleveland was the only team to beat Grand Meadow in the 1997 regular season, the year the Superlarks went to the Metrodome for the state semifinals.
Grand Meadow notes: Kyle Breitbarth continues to make the Superlarks offense go. Last week, Breitbarth ran for a pair of touchdowns and also threw for a pair of touchdowns. Breitbarth also had a 43-yard on the opening drive of the game to set-up a touchdown by Eric Holst. The Superlarks amassed 306 yards rushing last week.
Cleveland notes: Tavish Satrom is the quarterback and he threw for a touchdown pass in last week's loss. Bryan Dauk is the top receiver for Cleveland and a big target for Satrom at 6-foot-3. Brandon McCabe is the top runner and he scored a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter last week.
Wednesday, 7 p.m., at LeRoy
Records: LeRoy-Ostrander is 7-0 overall, 6-0 in the Southern Confederacy; Nicollet is 7-0 overall, 6-0 in the conference.
Last week: LeRoy-Ostrander retained its No. 1 state ranking with a 64-6 road win over Granda-Huntley-East Chain-Martin Luther; Nicollet, ranked No. 7, hammered Glenville-Emmons 66-7.
Last meeting: The two teams didn't meet last season. Prior to Medford and St. Clair leaving the Southern Confederacy, it was an odd-numbered conference schedule and these teams didn't play.
LeRoy-Ostrander notes: This game is for the championship of the Southern Confederacy. Running the ball will once again be the key for the "Big Red" of L-O as they ran up 366 yards on the ground last week. Dustin Thorson has become a big threat for L-O with kick returns for touchdowns in the last two games. Passing will also be a key factor for the Big Red and quarterback Jake Rowe proved he's capable with a touchdown pass in last week's win. This is the second time this season that L-O will face a team ranked in the state's top 10.
Nicollet notes: Tony Hulke is the quarterback and he's a dangerous character. Hulke can run, throw, and he'll even catch passes on occasion. It's likely that Nicollet will test the L-O pass defense. Hulke caught a touchdown pass a few weeks back against Grand Meadow. Running back Jamie Wagner is also a dual threat as he can throw the long ball and run for daylight. It should be a great 9-man game in a clash of titans on Friday night.