JOHN MARSHALL AT MAYO
When: Friday, 7 p.m., at Mayo Stadium
Records: John Marshall is 0-2 in the Big Southeast Red and 0-2 overall. Mayo is 1-1, 1-1.
Last meeting: Mayo beat JM 24-12 on Oct. 12, 2019.
Last game: JM lost to Owatonna 40-0; Mayo beat Century 34-14.
John Marshall notes: The Rockets’ lack of depth was exposed against strong and hard-hitting Owatonna on Saturday. JM hung with the Huskies through the first half, trailing just 14-0 at intermission and showing good things on both sides of the ball. But it wilted after that as Owatonna dominated the second half. . .Cole Peterson, the strongest-armed quarterback that JM has had in years, also showed off some nice accuracy against Owatonna. He began the game going 4-for-4 and finished it 10-for-15 for 89 yards (three interceptions, however), while being under constant pressure. . .JM needs better run blocking. Its running backs had nowhere to go against Owatonna and the JM rushing attack mustered just 13 yards. JM was much better the week before when it rushed for 179 yards in a narrow loss to Century. . .JM is still waiting on the return of receiver/defensive back Trevale Moe. The elusive senior injured his ankle early in the game with Century and has not returned. He is doubtful against Mayo. . .JM is in tough physical shape this week, with a number of banged-up players following the Owatonna game.
Mayo notes: The Spartans had one of the toughest schedules in the state, but they were up to the task. Mayo could take a lot of positives away from their season-opening, last-second 35-28 loss to Owatonna. Then, they bounced back in Week 2 and smoked a talented Century squad. Junior quarterback Bennett Ellsworth has been absolutely tremendous this year. He's averaging 293.5 passing yards per game. Their running game has been really good and Cayden Holcomb is a matchup nightmare for every secondary. Mason Greseth is the Spartans' No. 2 wideout, but he'd be a WR1 for most teams. The offensive line had its problems in Week 1, but they bounced back and really executed well against Century. Oh, and the defense takes the ball away. That's a great combination for Donny Holcomb.
JM coach Kevin Kirkeby says: "Mayo is really good. They have a good running game to go with a great passing game. They are not a one-dimensional offense. We need to have sustained drives and keep Mayo’s offense off the field. When we’re on defense, we have to stop both — the running and passing games."
Mayo coach Donny Holcomb says: "They've had a really good week of practice. We're pumped up for this one. Everyone knows that when you play in the city games, the records don't mean anything. We have to get off to a quick start. The challenge that John Marshall brings to the table is that they can make plays too. If we don't play sound football and stick to our techniques, they can make some big plays. they had some big plays against Owatonna but they ran out of gas in the second half. 14-0 at the half is only seven points behind where we were. Cole Peterson has a strong arm, but it's a matter of if he's in sync with his receivers. I hope we can force them into passing situations and take care of their run game."
-- Isaac Trotter and Pat Ruff