Mayo FB prebox 9-27
Homecoming, 7 p.m. Friday, at Mayo Stadium
Records: East 1-2 overall, 2-2 Big Nine Conference; Mayo 2-2, 2-1.
Coaches: East, Eric Davis (fifth season, 27-15); Mayo, James Miller (14th season, 108-35).
Last week: East blew out Albert Lea 48-0; Mayo lost at Rochester John Marshall 14-0.
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the teams since the 2004 season, when East topped the Spartans, 35-7. East’s Jesse Graves ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Mayo’s L.J. Stead ran for 69 yards on 16 carries.
The series: Mayo leads 17-4, including an 8-3 record at home. Mayo and East have split their past four meetings.
East-side story: East is averaging 23.8 points per game this season and allowing 16.0 ppg. … The Cougars put up 48 points against Albert Lea last week after scoring just six points in each of their previous two games. … Cougars sophomore QB Jordan Benesh will make his third varsity start. He threw for 119 yards and a TD against Albert Lea last week.
Mayo notes: The Spartans are a banged-up bunch, with a handful of starters sitting out practice early in the week due to injuries. … OL Jared Penz is the only starter who likely won’t play Friday; he has a high ankle sprain and was wearing a boot on his foot as of Tuesday. … FB/LB Micah Johnson suffered a lower leg bruise against JM last week, but he was able to run on Tuesday and will likely play on Friday. … QB Mitch Anderson had his best game of the season last week, completing 8 of 13 passes for 101 yards.
Quote: "We’re trying to get the intensity level back to where it was the first week, and the kids are responding. We’ve had a good week of practice. We’ve gone back to some fundamental things. This is a good bunch of kids; they’re still having fun." — Mayo coach James Miller
On the Web: For a Q&A with starting WR/DB Addison Tackmann, visit the blog "Faceoff" at www.postbulletin.com.
— Jason Feldman