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Mayo at Mankato East

Friday, 7 p.m., Wolverton Field

Records: Mayo is 3-1 overall, 3-0 Big Nine Conference; Mankato East is 2-2, 1-2.

Last week: Mankato East picked up its first conference win of the season with a dramatic, 35-34, overtime victory over Albert Lea. Mayo also picked up a dramatic overtime win, topping rival Rochester John Marshall, 19-13, on Aaron Burt’s 6-yard touchdown run. Burt carried 37 times for 168 yards and one TD. His 37 carries are the second-most in a game in school history. QB Travis Nordhus passed for 144 yards and two TDs.

Last meeting: Mayo thumped East, 42-7, at Mayo on Sept. 28, 2007. Mayo running backs Mario Butler and Aaron Burt both ran for more than 100 yards in the game. Butler ran for 172 yards and three TDs, and Burt compiled 130 yards and two TDs. East scored the first TD of the game, then Mayo scored 42 consecutive points.

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The series: Mayo leads 18-4, including a 9-1 record at Mankato.

The coaches: Mayo, Kevin Landherr (first season, 3-1 overall); Dave Frisell (first season, 2-2).

East notes: The Cougars have been outscored 130-52 since opening their season with a 28-14 win over Detroit Lakes. … QB Jordan Benesh scored the game-winning TD on a 9-yard run in overtime to beat Albert Lea last week. … Junior RB Kenneth King carried the load for East against Albert Lea, compiling 112 rushing yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns.

Mayo notes: Mayo QBTravis Nordhus is on pace to pass for 986 yards in the regular season, which would be the eighth-best single-season in school history. … With 46 rushing attempts, RBAaron Burt will crack the top 10 for most carries in a single season in school history (170). Burt is averaging 31 carries and 173.5 rushing yards per game. … Mayo has won seven of its past 10 meetings with the Cougars.

Coach Landherr says: "(East) is in a similar situation to us. They have a new coaching staff this year and a team that is improving every week. Their offense will give us looks we haven’t seen before. This week of practice has been a learning experience. Now we have to go out and execute."

On the Net: For more on Mayo football, see www.mayofootball.com.

— Jason Feldman

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