Stewartville vs Cannon Falls Football

Cannon Falls running back Marcus Banks looks for room to run during a Southeast District football game against Stewartville on Wedneday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Stewartville. (Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com)

At Breck High School, Golden Valley, 7 p.m. Friday

Who: No. 2 seed Cannon Falls (7-1) at No. 1 seed Breck (8-1)

The matchup: Breck is ranked No. 8 in the Class AAA state poll, Cannon Falls is No. 9. ... In the QRF rankings, used to seed the section playoffs, Breck is No. 3 in the state and Cannon Falls is No. 13. ... Breck averages 32.8 ppg and allows 9.4 ppg. Cannon Falls averages 36.0 ppg and 16.8 ppg. ... The Bombers' only loss this season came in the regular season finale, a 45-24 loss at No. 4-ranked Stewartville. ... Cannon Falls thrives on its running attack. The Bombers' backfield is led by Trenton Matthies, but as many as six or seven players regularly carry the ball. ... Breck allowed more than one score in a game just twice in the regular season. It gave up 28 points to Lake City in a section semifinal victory last week; that's the most points the Mustangs have allowed in a game. ... The Mustangs' lone loss this season was a 14-0 loss against St. Agnes, the No. 6-ranked team in Class AA. ... This is a rematch of a section semifinal from a year ago, when Cannon Falls beat the Mustangs 36-27. ... Cannon Falls has been to state twice (1996, 2018), while Breck has been to state six times, but not since 2003, when it won the Class AA state championship.

— Jason Feldman

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