SOUTHEAST DISTRICT FOOTBALL
LOURDES at CANNON FALLS
7 p.m., Friday
Records: Lourdes 2-4, Cannon Falls 5-0
Last week: Lourdes won at Red Wing 34-7; Cannon Falls defeated Plainview-Elgin-Millville 18-6.
Last meeting: This is the first time the Eagles and Bombers have met since Lourdes defeated Cannon Falls 41-14 in the Section 1AAA championship game on Nov. 5, 2016.
Lourdes notes: This is the last regular-season game for Lourdes, which has an open date on its schedule next Wednesday, the final night of the regular season across the state. … The Eagles snapped a four-game losing skid last week at Red Wing, when 10 different players carried the ball at least once. … Lourdes and Cannon Falls have the top two defenses in the Southeast District, Red Subdistrict. The Bombers allow 10.6 points per game, Lourdes allows 17.8 points per game. … Cannon Falls is the third team Lourdes has faced this season that is ranked in a state poll. The Eagles held their other two ranked opponents to their lowest points totals of the season so far – Stewartville (15 points) and Caledonia (24).
Cannon Falls notes: The Bombers are the defending Section 4, Class AAA champion and are ranked No. 7 in the state in the Class AAA rankings. … Cannon Falls is averaging 41.2 points per game and allowing 10.6 points per game. … The Bombers have allowed more than 14 points in a game just once, a 35-20 win against Pine Island. … The Bombers rely heavily upon their running game, utilizing a two-tight end three-running back system. Their run game is balanced, though, with five or six backs carrying the ball multiple times per game. Trenton Matthies leads the way; he’s rushed for nearly 700 yards and 11 touchdowns in five games.
Lourdes coach Mike Kesler: “This is a great opportunity for our guys to get to go play an undefeated team that is ranked in Class AAA, a team that went to state last year. Cannon Falls is old school. They do a great job of executing that (two-tight end, three-back) offense. They kind get you in chunks, they put you to sleep, then get you with a play-action pass or their running game. (Bombers coaches) Dan (Myers) and Josh (Hofstedt) do a great job. Those kids love the weight room up there and always play physical, playoff football. We’re a physical team, too. We like that style.”
Up next: Lourdes is idle next week. Cannon Falls is at No. 4-ranked Stewartville next Wednesday.
— Jason Feldman