Football: Winona at JM preview

Winona at John Marshall

7 p.m., Friday at John Drews Field

Records: JM is 2-2 in the Big Nine and overall, while Winona is 1-3, 1-3.

Last week:John Marshall dropped a 31-12 game to Century in which it turned the ball over four times, continually giving the Panthers a short field to work with. Century outgained JM 352-248.

Winona picked up its first win of the season, beating winless Albert Lea 28-20. The Winhawks had 356 yads of offense, including 205 on the ground. Ale Franzwa had 97 yards on 15 carries.


Last meeting:JM beat Winona 28-12 in the season opener last year in Winona.

Winona notes:The Winhawks were relieved to pick up a win last week. Winona's offensive clicked with solid blocking up front. Franzwa had 97 yards rushing and Matthew Clark had 71 and two touchchowns. . .Winona has lost to two teams with winning records (Mayo and Owatonna) and beaten slow-starting Red Wing. . .Winona is going with a hurry-up offense much of the time now.

John Marshall notes:JM was disheartened by its lost to Century. It was the first time in seven meetings that the Panthers had beaten the Rockets. JM had beaten Century by a combined 75-14 last year in their two meetings. . .JM's passing game was a problem last week, with Adam Herzog completing just 4 of 11 passes for 82 yards, with three interceptions. One bright spot was a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown by Sam Aakre. Another bright spot was the running of Josh Mattison. He ran for 99 yards on five carries. JM's pass defense was exploited for 173 yards through the air.

Coach Kevin Kirkeby's thoughts:"We learned something in the Century game. Instead of worrying about what the other team does, we need to go out and execute our own game plan."

Next:JM hosts Northfield at 7 p.m. next Friday.


— Pat Ruff

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