FARIBAULT at JOHN MARSHALL
7 p.m. Friday, at John Drews Field
Records: Faribault is 1-3 in the Big Southeast Blue District, 1-5 overall. JM is 2-3 in the Red District, 2-4 overall.
Last week: Faribault struggled again, losing 43-12 to Mankato East. JM turned the ball over five times in losing 24-12 to powerful Mayo.
Last meeting: The teams haven’t met since 2016, when Faribault won 34-14.
Faribault notes: The Falcons have just one win this season, 28-24 over Albert Lea. They have lost to Austin, Winona, Byron, Owatonna and Mankato East. Faribault was doomed by turnovers against East, losing the ball seven times. Against Byron earlier this season, Faribault allowed 345 yards of offense and Bears quarterback Drew Scheuer completed 12 of 14 passes. The Falcons are allowing 37 ppg. and scoring 14 ppg.
John Marshall notes: The Rockets were done in by turnovers last Friday in their 24-12 loss to Mayo. JM lost the ball five times, three by fumble, two by interception. Its offense moved the ball decently against the Spartans, with 266 yards of total offense, but the turnovers were too much. . .JM went into the Mayo game feeling good about itself, having beaten New Prague and Northfield in successive weeks and having given Century a solid game three weeks ago. . .JM coach Kevin Kirkeby wasn’t pleased with his team’s lack of physicality against Mayo. The Rockets had done well in that department in their two wins, and their loss to Century. . .JM has run the ball well. Parker Navitsky, Braden Black and quarterback Cole Peterson are all averaging nearly 6 yards per carry.
JM coach Kevin Kirkeby: “We have to reduce our turnovers. It’s tough to win when you have (five) takeaways in a game. . .I thought Mayo was more physical than we were. We need to be more physical than Faribault and take it to them right away. . .We’ll see how we respond from a loss.”
Up next: JM hosts Owatonna on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
— Pat Ruff