There’s plenty on the line


high school football

wraps up Wednesday

By Guy N. Limbeck


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



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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