OWATONNA at JOHN MARSHALL
7 p.m. Wednesday at John Drews Field
Records: Owatonna is 5-0 in the Big Southeast Red District, 7-0 overall. JM is 2-3, 3-4.
Last week: Owatonna beat Mankato East 44-0. JM beat Faribault 35-0.
Last meeting: JM lost to Owatonna 34-0 on Sept. 21 last year.
Owatonna notes: The two-time state defending champion Huskies are having another banner year. They’re ranked No. 1 in the state, are scoring 45.4 points per game and allowing 8.7. But — for a change — the Huskies have looked vulnerable, though only twice this season. Mayo had Owatonna on the ropes before falling 31-14, and Mankato West barely lost to it 24-20 two weeks ago. Still, Owatonna is the best team around here and has that No. 1 Class AAAAA ranking. The Huskies have big, physical offensive and defensive lines, and plenty of skill players. They also have the Big Nine/Big Southeast District’s all-time winningest football coach, Jeff Williams. The JM graduate notched career win 179 on Friday.
John Marshall notes: The Rockets played a lackluster first half on Friday against Faribault, then followed it with an inspired one in winning 35-0. JM got a big game from Braden Black, with 105 yards rushing, three touchdowns and an interception. JM also got some strong running from newly inserted halfback Forrest Wolf with 50 yards rushing, all of it in the second half. . . JM’s defense has been vastly improved the second half of the season. It has allowed 13, 20, 12 and 0 points in its last four games. . .JM is trying to break up a nasty streak against Owatonna. The Huskies have beaten the Rockets 14 straight times.
JM coach Kevin Kirkeby: “Owatonna has a couple of really good running backs and three really good down linemen. They also have arguably the best linebackers that we will face. They are an aggressive teams. We are going to have to stay on our blocks. We have to take advantage of our size and get a good push (up front).”
Next: The playoffs begin Oct. 22. Seeds and pairings are yet to be determined.
— Pat Ruff