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There’s plenty on the line

Regular-season

high school football

wraps up Wednesday

By Guy N. Limbeck

glimbeck@postbulletin.com

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Area high school football teams will be playing their final game of the regular season on Wednesday and many teams will have a lot riding on the outcome.

Conference championships and section seedings are on the line throughout the region. The section playoffs begin a week from tonight.

Titles are on the line in the Hiawatha Valley League in both the Blue and Gold Division.

A trio of teams are tied at 4-1 in the Blue Division of the HVL. The marquee matchup features La Crescent at Stewartville. Both teams are 4-1 in the division and one will be assured at least a share of the division crown, and maybe an outright title.

Stewartville has pulled out a number of close games this year while La Crescent is averaging nearly 40 points a game.

Rochester Lourdes also is 4-1 in the Blue Division. The Eagles put their 5-2 overall record on the line when they play at division rival Byron (3-2 Blue Division, 4-3 overall).

In the HVL Gold Division, Triton is 5-0 is in control of its own fate. But the defending Class AA state champions face a tough Winona Cotter team. The Ramblers are 4-1 in the Gold Division and need a win to share the league crown.

Goodhue also is 4-1 in the Gold Division and plays host to 1-6

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Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

Century is 6-0 in the Big Nine and has secured at least a share of the league title. But the Panthers will need to beat city rival Mayo to secure a title which they were forced to share a year ago. Owatonna plays at Mankato West in another key Big Nine game. Both teams are 5-1 and the winner will have a chance to share the crown with Century.

Mayo is just 3-4 overall, but the Spartans have a lot to play for against Century. If the Spartans lose, they could face being the No. 7 and final seed in the upcoming Class AAAAA, Section One playoffs.

The South Division title of the Three Rivers Conference will be on the line when a pair of unbeatens square off. Caledonia plays at Southland in a battle of

4-0 division squads.

Dover-Eyota controls its own fate in the Three Rivers North. The Eagles put their 3-0 division mark on the line when they play host to 1-2 Plainview-Elgin-Millville.

Lewiston-Altura and St. Charles are 2-1 in North Division play. They play each other in St. Charles. The winner of that game has to hope that P-E-M can beat Dover-Eyota to force a tie at the top of the division.

Houston, 6-0 in the division, has already secured the East Division of the Southern Confederacy Conference.

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