High school football preview: Winona Cotter at Lourdes

Winona Cotter at Lourdes

(Rochester Regional Sports Stadium)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Cotter is 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the Gold Division of the Hiawatha Valley League; Lourdes is 2-0 overall, 1-0 in the Blue Division of the HVL.

Last week:Zumbrota-Mazeppa whipped Cotter in Winona, 38-6. Z-M rolled up 363 yards on the ground and added 126 yards passing. Cotter had 202 yards rushing and 143 passing. Joe Koll led Cotter with 106 rushing yards. The Ramblers scord on a 51-yard pass from Bryan Richter to John DesMarais in the third quarter.


Lourdes defeated Byron in Byron, 28-13, thanks mainly to special teams. Senior Sean Griffin scored on a 90-yard fumble return to open the scoring and then on a 80-yard punt return in the third quarter. Connor Nellans also had a 68-yard kickoff return. Byron totaled 289 total yards to just 119 for Lourdes.

Last meeting:Lourdes and Cotter used to play on a regular basis, but haven't met for a number of years due to the HVL configuration.

About Winona Cotter:The Ramblers have a first-year coach, Bruce Carpenter.  He replaces Pat Bowlin, who stepped down at 12 seaons with a 48-65 record. Carpenter, 30, ia a former assistant head coach/co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Winona State University. Carpenter is a former quarterback at Winona State. Cotter has been outscored 77-19 in two games.

About Lourdes:The Eagles are playing their first home game of the season, and it is parent's night.  They own a 16-game winning streak. Lourdes has scored 63 points in two games and have allowed the fewest in the HVL, 13. Sophomore Kane Carstens has rushed for 110 yards on 10 carries. Griffin has only one completion in seven attempts. Lourdes has intercepted four passes in two games.

Coach's corner, from Cotter's Bruce Carpenter:"I think it is an outstanding rivalry. Of course we need to continue to improve to make it a truly special rivalry but because of the similarities between the schools that always makes for a natural rivalry to occur. We are going to improve week to week. Lourdes is a well-coached football team with a lot of talent. Watching film, I am very impressed with what I havae seen not only from a personnel standpoint but also the discipline that they play the game. It will be a great challenge for us.''

From Mike Kesler of Lourdes:"We need to continue to play good defense and run the ball, but  we must execute better offensively. Our special teams played a big role last week and that needs to continue.  We learned a lot from the Byron game. Every phase of the game is important and that's critical for the kids to see that first hand. Cotter likes to put the ball in the air so that is something new we haven't seen yet. They have some athletes that can make plays in the open field.''


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