OWATONNA at JOHN MARSHALL
When: Saturday, 1 p.m., at John Drews Field
Records: Owatonna is 1-0 Big Southeast Red, 1-0 overall. John Marshall is 0-1, 0-1.
Last meeting: Owatonna beat JM 54-7 in the final regular-season game of the 2019 season.
Last game: JM lost 34-19 to Century, Owatonna beat Mayo 35-28.
Owatonna notes: The early word on Owatonna is that it's not as good as it's been. While that is likely true (Owatonna reached the state tournament the last four years, winning it twice), the Huskies are still a handful. They beat an excellent Mayo team 35-28 on Friday, outscoring the Spartans 14-0 in the fourth quarter. Owatonna showed off a strong passing game. Quarterback Brayden Truelson finished 18-for-25 for 240 yards. The Huskies defense limited Mayo to just 40 yards rushing but allowed 274 passing yards.
JM notes: The Rockets looked strong through much of the first three quarters on Friday against powerful Century. JM led 19-12 with 8:41 left in the third. It showed off a strong running game, with Nate Swanson (missed last season with an injury) and Parker Navitsky teaming up to rush for a combined 154 yards. The Rockets' problem, at least in the second half, was slowing down Century star running back Isaiah Huber. He finished with 231 yards rushing. JM lacks depth, which helped enable Huber to overpower the weary Rockets in the second half. . .JM may be without speedy receiver/defensive back Trevale Moe. The senior injured his ankle on the opening play of Friday's game and never returned.
Coach Kevin Kirkeby says: "I really liked our intensity against Century and how hard hitting we were on offense and defense. My takeaway was that we have some pretty good kids. . .Owatonna has just such a great tradition. They win some games they probably shouldn't just based on that tradition. They don't know how to lose."
— Pat Ruff